Dalmatians, Horton on Disc

Disney has polished up the beloved 1961 animated feature 101 Dalmatians for a new platinum edition DVD release that hits retail today. Offering enhanced picture and sound, the film is joined on shelves by another classic toon, Wanrer Bros.’ 1970 version of Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who, which arrives in advance if 20th Century Fox Animation’s CG update. That film comes to theaters on March 14. See the trailer on AniMagTV.

101 Dalmatians: Platinum Edition is a two-disc set that includes the featurettes Redefining the Line: The Making of 101 Dalmatians, Cruella De Vil: Drawn to be Bad and Sincerely Yours: Walt Disney. Other extras include a virtual Dalmatians activity, 101 pop-up trivia facts, a Cruella De Vil music video and deleted songs. The release retails for $29.99.

Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! Has been re-mastered for this new deluxe edition that includes three additional animated Dr. Seuss stories: Dr. Seuss’ Butter Battle Book, Daisy-Head Mayzie and Horton Hathces the Egg! The Warner Home Entertainment release carries a suggested retail price of $19.97 and also includes the featurette Who Hears Horton Who?

More vintage animation can be had today with Archie’s Funhouse: The Complete Series, a three-disc set containing all 16 episodes of this classic series chronicling the misadventures of Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and Reggie. Bonus material includes a featurette titled Ron Dante: The Voice of The Archies, as well as the Archie and His New Pals TV special, two music videos for songs performed by The Archies, and the first seven episodes of Archie’s Funhouse from The Archie Comedy Hour. Released by Classic Media and Genius Products, the set lists for $29.95.

Old-school toon fans can also pick up The Pink Panther & Friends Classic Cartoon Collection Volume Six: The Inspector. A single disc holds 17 episodes that aired between 1965 and 1967. These installments highlight the bumbling police work of The Inspector and his dedicated assistant, Sergeant Deux-Deux, both voiced by Emmy and Golden Globe winner Pat Harrington Jr. (One Day at a Time). Put out by MGM, the disc lists for $14.98.

More modern animated TV fare can be found in Warner Bros.’ release of Ben 10: The Complete Season 3 two-disc set of 13 episodes ($19.98) and the anime favorite Blood +, which airs on Adult Swim in the U.S. A single disc release containing the first five Blood + episodes retails for $24.98, and a six-disc set with 25 episodes and an exclusive t-shirt and manga sampler can be had for $119.95.