Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Terrific, heartwarming shorts have something for everyone.
  • NR
  • 2015
  • 77 minutes
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Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 10 reviews

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Educational value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive messages

Friendship; loyalty; caring; resourcefulness; persistence; integrity; value of expressing emotion.

Positive role models & representations

Characters are largely silly or whimsical, good or bad, while others demonstrate more complex positive values: John Henry is hardworking and courageous; the match girl is determined and positive in spite of bleak circumstances; a dinosaur cares deeply about the environment; a man refuses to give up in locating his true love; a puppy goes to great lengths to reunite his owner with his lost love; a sister works to celebrate her sister's birthday even though she has a cold.

Violence & scariness

Some suffering when a girl freezes out in the cold and dreams of her grandmother saving her. Otherwise slapstick, silly cartoon violence throughout: A cat jumps through a glass window, breaking it; slams a door on his tail; electrocutes himself; and fights his own tail with a knife. A whip cracks to indicate a slave being whipped; a gun shoots to signal the start of a competition; a dog is tackled by football players, pummeled, electrocuted, and tossed about; a horse imagines an explosion; a man is kicked upside the head; a cat is shot in the behind by pieces of candy, falls on a cactus and pitchfork repeatedly; a man is hit by a giant snowball.

Sexy stuff
Language
Consumerism

Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters seen here, such as Rapunzel, Elsa, Olaf, and Anna, are heavily merchandised.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

A man lights a pipe and smokes it.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection is an impressive, wide-ranging collection of 12 short films, including Frozen Fever, the follow-up to Frozen, and Tangled Ever After, the follow-up to Tangled. The breadth and range of craft and offerings make for a movie-length package with a lot of variety. There are a few instances of suffering when a little girl freezes outside, as well as the usual cartoonish slapstick of pratfalls, head injuries, and pointy objects meeting falling butts. But the contrasting styles and techniques and masterful storytelling combine to make this compilation a great choice for family movie night, with lots of laughs.

User Reviews

Parent Written bydianepage November 7, 2015

Like Much of Disney, Some Darker Moments

As an adult, these are incredibly delightful and lots of fun to watch, with Disney-esque moments of wonder and heart. However: Watched with a very sensitive 7 y... Continue reading
Parent Written byzonarocks22 January 27, 2016

Most of the shorts are great - but there are 2 to avoid

This compilation was enjoyable for the most part. My concern is regarding two of the shorts: the little match girl and a short about two cats. The Little Matc... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old October 27, 2015

Cute and sweet

I think this is like acute little video to show kids in a short film message about being good, But tango does have ascary cat so skip that one with young childr... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old August 8, 2015

Dry Banana Hippy Hat?!

Frozen Fever, Tangled Ever After, John Henry, and Get A Horse are awesome. Feast is ok. I haven't seen them all, but the ones I've seen are great.

What's the story?

Among the 12 shorts here are retelling of the story of John Henry, the hardworking steel-driver; a whimsical cat, Lorenzo; the story of a resourceful clock who finds his chance at heroism; a brave little girl in The Little Matchgirl; a loyal and delightful puppy in Feast; a silly send-up of early animation in Get a HorseTangled Ever After, in which Rapunzel gets married; and Frozen Feast, where Elsa does her best to plan a birthday party for Anna, even though she has a nasty cold.

Is it any good?

WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS SHORT FILMS COLLECTION offers a broad range of shorts that will satisfy most families. Viewers get something retro with Get a Horse, something moving with The Little Matchgirl, something romantic with Paperman, and something heartwarming with Feast, as well as some exciting updates for fans of the wildly popular Frozen and Tangled with Frozen Fever and Tangled Ever After.

The varying styles of animation are a marvel to see all together, and the impressive storytelling, often without any lines of dialogue, convey just how much emotion and meaning can be communicated in seven to 10 minutes. These cartoons are full of slapstick thwacks up the head, and there are a few instances of suffering, but overall, these are fun, inventive shorts that offer positive messages, masterful craft, and loads of entertainment value.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Frozen and Frozen Fever were so popular. What is so appealing about the characters and stories?

  • What was your favorite short film, and why?

  • Do you like the old-style cartoons included here? How are they different? 

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