Walt Disney Treasures: The Chronological Donald, Vol. 2

Disney rolls out another silver tin devoted to the screen's most ornery duck, this time covering 1942 to 1946. It turns out to be a good era for the Donald; unlike some of Walt's other brainchildren, the duck is completely unsentimental and often makes for a wild good time. Things start off only semi-sedately and get progressively nuttier. The cartoons include "The Plastics Inventor," in which our fowl builds a plastic aircraft that melts in the rain, "Trombone Trouble," in which he deals with a noisy neighbour with the help of the Greek Gods, and "Der Fuhrer's Face," a crazed wartime fantasy with Donald trapped in an ultra-regimented Third Reich. Nothing gets out of hand the way it did at the Warner stable (even if some of the war propaganda has the same casual racism) and the easily excitable duck is often enlisted to illustrate moral points when we'd rather just see him set loose. But it's still fairly exuberant fun. The wartime stuff is actually quite fascinating, and the rest won't rot your teeth with sticky sentiment or oppress you with good table manners. Extras include intros by Leonard Maltin (who offers some lame excuses when dealing with certain shorts' racism), an episode of "Walt Disney Presents" that purports to show a day in the life of Donald (and which will drive you crazy with its sentiment), a glowing Leonard Maltin interview with current Donald voice Tony Anselmo, an interesting clip on Carl Barks, who digressed from animation long enough to pioneer Uncle Scrooge McDuck comics, a timeline of Walt's war years, and picture galleries. (Disney/Buena Vista)