The tradition started in the early years of the cinema. Before feature productions, a cartoon would play. These animated shorts grew into a proud tradition, especially at Disney, which built a media fortune on a mouse named Mickey.
Out for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, Disney is releasing its "Animation Studios Shorts Collection." The collection features a dozen three- to seven-minute shorts, each introduced by the filmmakers behind the stories.
The Oscar-winning "Feast," featured in front of last year's "Big Hero 6" and following the ever-evolving diet of a dog and his owner, is one of the more acclaimed films in the collection. Also featured is the Academy Award-winning "Paperman" produced by Kristina Reed and head of animation Patrick Osborne.
The earliest film is from 2000, the animated tale of "John Henry." The cartoon is produced like a patch-work quilt, building upon the fabric of American history and folklore of the steel-driving man and his personal challenge to beat a steam-powered machine.
Meanwhile, the newest part of the collection is last year’s "Frozen Fever" featuring sisters Anna and Elsa sporting new dresses and finding all the wonder in what gifts the ice queen gives her younger sibling for her birthday. Elsa gets a cold and ends up bringing life to hundreds of mini-snowmen that Olaf takes to the ice castle.
Comic T.J. Miller, known in Disney circles for being the vice of Fred in "Big Hero 6," moderates a short talk on animated shorts with producers and animators. He shares some insight into the pitch process and part of the culture at Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Other shorts on the Blu-ray combo pack include:
"Lorenzo," the story of a cat who gets a hex on his tail.
"Get a Horse!," a celluloid classic of Mickey and Minnie that eventually breaking through the fourth wall and into the third dimension, spilling over into a movie theater itself.
"Tangled Ever After," which features our favorite horse Max a…