Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Mickey Mouse - Color Sundays vol. 1 & 2

This box set consists of 2 books: Call of The Wild (vol.1) and Robin Hood Rides Again (vol. 2). This is a nice change (for my eyes) from the previous Mickey Mouse by Floyd Gottfredson box sets because, like its name, Color Sundays, this is in colour.

The stories are usual days in Mickey Mouse's life, with his girlfriend Minnie, his dog Pluto, and friends Horace, Clarabelle, Goofy/Dippy, and Donald Duck; with several exceptions when the stories are fairy-tale-like: Rumplewatt The Giant, The Robin Hood Adventure, and The Brave Little Tailor.

In book vol.2, there are stories without Mickey, but involved Floyd Gottfredson as one of the artists: Lambert The Sheepish Lion, The Seven Dwarfs and The Witch Queen, Sleeping Beauty and 101 Dalmatians. The last 2 titles are similar to the Disney's classic movies with the same titles.

First panels from The Brave Little Tailor
I must say that compared to Carl Barks's works, I prefer Carl Barks'. This Mickey Mouse stories remind me of old silent movies with Harold Lloyd because they have similar themes, even the humor is almost the same, but I think it's because they were from the same era.

Lambert's expression in this panel is priceless! 
Lambert The Sheepish Lion is my personal favourite among the stories in these 2 books. A childless ewe and an orphaned little lion find each other. Unlike H.C. Andersen's The Ugly Duckling, the mother unconditionally loves the lion, who becomes a joke in the flock.

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