Disney Discussions: Are Anthology Films Any Good?

I need your opinion on something. Yes, you stalling on your work/homework (slacker). Are anthology movies really worth the price of admission? See, here’s the issue…

After Bambi, Disney began cranking out anthology films as a way to save money during World War II. This continued from 1942 until 1950 when they released Cinderella. Saludos Amigos, The Three Caballeros, Make Mine Music,  Fun and Fancy Free, Melody Time, and The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad were all a collection of short animations bundled under one title.

And has anybody EVER included these films on their “Top 10 Disney Movies” list?

Anthologies are risky. Going to the movie is expensive today. If you pay full price to see a two-movie anthology and one of them sucks, you’ve just blown 50% of your ticket on a crappy movie. But…what if that good 50% was absolutely amazing? Or what if they’re BOTH good?

It’s hard to tell, isn’t it? Or what about those “collection” movie sets, like all four Matrix Films for the price of one. Would you want to buy it just for the one that was actually good?

See, even Disney couldn’t quite pull it off. Like I said, these are nobody’s favorites, and they’re basically just like watching a couple of cartoons under one name. And yet some film companies still pump out anthologies based around a certain theme: horror, mystery, even erotica.

Should this day and age provide alternatives? We’re the iPod generation. We can buy the one track we like if we aren’t sure about the whole CD (unless it’s an album-only track, freaking Theocracy just give me song!). What if Disney and other companies had the same approach? Pay a small fee for one short, or pay a bundle price for all of them.

Wouldn’t you love to see Pixar do that with their short films?

What’s your opinion? I don’t have answers because I want to hear yours. Do you watch anthologies at all? Do you have any good recommendations? Is it even worth it to you?

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