The "Walt Disney Treasures" are two-disc DVD sets of classic Disney works, covering work from the studio's earliest days to more recent work.
There have been seven waves of the DVDs, each comprising three or four different sets (for a total of 25 different titles).
The first wave was released to Region 1 DVD on December 4, 2001 as part of Walt Disney's 100th birthday. Sold in limited quantities, the numbered units are largely commercially unavailable outside of second-hand sales. Only a small handful of these titles have been sold outside of Region 1.
Each title has been packaged in a numbered, tin case. The first two waves featured the numbering as stamped into each case, while subsequent waves were packaged with a certificate of authenticity marking the number. The first three waves were additionally bound in a cardboard band featuring reproductions of signatures by Leonard Maltin and Roy Disney. In 2003, a boxed set was packaged of the first and second waves of the series, without the tin canisters (as pictured).
The DVD sets were the idea of film critic/historian Leonard Maltin, who appears on each set to introduce the DVDs, and to provide historical context to some of the more dated, and sometimes politically incorrect, works.
The third wave of Walt Disney Treasures was released on May 18, 2004. It was originally planned to be released in December 2003, but was delayed for almost half a year in order to meet an increased demand with a higher number of tins produced.
This set covers the first leg of Donald Duck's long career, starting from 1934 to 1941. This was one of the few "Treasures" sets released abroad, as well as in the United States, on 4 April 2005.
It was 1934 when the irascible Donald Duck came to life in a teeny bit of a part in "The Wise Little Hen" and proceeded to steal the show. From that point on nobody could hold him back, and the much loved cranky character went on to be the most prolific of Walt's "fabulous five." Now for the first time, you can enjoy the Donald in all of his solo starring shorts from "Donald And Pluto" in 1936 to "Chef Donald" in 1941. This volume also includes a loving tribute to the man who achieved immortality by inventing the voice of Donald Duck -- and performing as his alter ego for 50 years -- Clarence "Ducky" Nash. Featuring exclusive introductions by film historian Leonard Maltin, this is a timeless collection from generations past for generations to come.
This edition contains:
The Wise Little Hen
Donald and Pluto
Donald's Better Self
The Fox Hunt
Donald's Golf Game
Donald's Lucky Day
Donald's Cousin Gus
The Autograph Hound
Donald's Dog Laundry
Mr. Duck Steps Out
A Good Time For a Dime
Early To Bed
Truant Officer Donald
Old MacDonald Duck
Publicity and Memorabilia Gallery: This gallery features several images of Donald Duck on print, including posters, advertisements, comics and magazine covers. Many images are cover shots of the Mickey Mouse Magazine (later known as Walt Disney's Comics and Stories), all used to help chart the intensifying popularity of Donald.
The Story and Background Gallery: This background displays animation sketches (mostly storyboards) and background paintings from several Donald cartoons found on this set.
Clip from The Reluctant Dragon: Easter egg bonus of a clip from The Reluctant Dragon. Herein, Robert Benchley enters an orchestra room and witnesses Clarence Nash and Florence Gill performing the voices of Donald and Clara Cluck, respectively. Afterwards, Nash teaches Benchley how to talk like Donald with excellent results. Benchley also wonders if Nash could also talk like a dragon.
The Man Behind the Duck: A mini-biography about the original voice and alter ego of Donald, Clarence "Ducky" Nash, who had voiced Donald for 50 years. Nash lucked out and was hired for his unique whistle. This biography reveals that, in addition to Donald, Nash also voiced other Disney ducks, as well as did minor voices in Bambi and 101 Dalmatians.
The Volunteer Worker: Easter egg bonus of an additional short dating from 1940. In this cartoon, Donald goes from door to door trying to collect money for charity, but to no avail when every door he visits slams in his face. His frustrations lead him to the personal testimony of a man he meets on the street who had once benefited from charities himself.
Clip from The Reluctant Dragon: Another easter egg bonus of another clip from The Reluctant Dragon, shown in color (the first Dragon bonus was in black and white). This time, Robert Benchley visits the camera department and gets a lesson on how cartoons come to life, courtesy of Donald himself.