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#1 Posted : Sunday, May 13, 2018 9:12:23 PM(UTC)
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With the introduction of the CinemaScope widescreen format in 1953, numerous films released in the process were recorded in three or four-track stereo. However, there are only a couple of animated material that I know were released with this feature, as listed below:
-Toot, Whistle, Plunk, and Boom (Walt Disney, 1953; three-track, released as a plain stereo soundtrack on the Disney Rarities DVD)
-Grand Canyonscope (Walt Disney, 1954; unknown if three or four-track, released as a Dolby Surround-encoded soundtrack on The Chronological Donald: Volume Four)
-Lady and the Tramp (Walt Disney, 1955; four-track, released in both three-channel and a remixed 5.1 or 7.1 soundtrack on home video releases since 2006)
-Touche', Pussy Cat! (MGM, 1954; three-track, released in stereo on the first Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection - but without a certain piece of dialogue (all other releases of this short AFAIK were released in mono))
Are there any other shorts or animated films produced with stereo soundtracks when released in CinemaScope, or are these it? This has been something that I have been thinking about for a long time.
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#2 Posted : Monday, May 14, 2018 5:22:19 PM(UTC)
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Speaking of Lady and the Tramp, if you buy the 1998 VHS which is the academy ratio version. You will noticed certain SFX or dialog that were either missing or are in different volumes (and sometimes the music playing more louder than the SFX and dialog) since the soundtrack is in mono.

For example, the opening theme during the opening titles plays the music louder than the lyrics, Trusty's snores are heard when the worm comes onto his nose (which are muted in the Cinemascope version), and the officer yelling after Tramp bit his bottom is in a lower volume (it's louder in the Cinemascope version since the music is at a lower volume).
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Speaking of Lady and the Tramp, if you buy the 1998 VHS which is the academy ratio version. You will noticed certain SFX or dialog that were either missing or are in different volumes (and sometimes the music playing more louder than the SFX and dialog) since the soundtrack is in mono.

For example, the opening theme during the opening titles plays the music louder than the lyrics, Trusty's snores are heard when the worm comes onto his nose (which are muted in the Cinemascope version), and the officer yelling after Tramp bit his bottom is in a lower volume (it's louder in the Cinemascope version since the music is at a lower volume).

Interesting.

I have read that Toot, Whistle, Plunk, and Boom and the CinemaScope Donald cartoons, including Grand Canyonscope, were also released in the Academy ratio, albeit with their backgrounds altered to adapt to this narrower aspect ratio (and possibly, the CinemaScope reference in the latter replaced with "this is a big canyon"). If they were edited in order to fit smaller screens, would that mean the soundtrack was folded down into mono instead of keeping its "gimmicky" stereo imaging?

Secondly, were any of these shorts released with multi-channel sound? (all of the below titles were by Disney; I'm positive the stereo soundtracks for some MGM shorts have been released the way they were recorded originally on CD, but not on DVD for some reason):
-No Hunting
-Bearly Asleep
-Beezy Bear
-Chips Ahoy
-How to Have an Accident in the Home (I'm pretty sure this was originally a mono cartoon, since it could be considered an educational short)
-Hooked Bear (this was on the Rarities DVD, but because it was taken from a non-anamorphic tape master, both it and In the Bag were presented with mono sound)
-In the Bag (see above)
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