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“Old Yeller: Remembering A Classic”
Conversations With Tommy Kirk
Lost Treasures — “Ranch Of The Golden Oak”
“Old Yeller: Walt Disney’s first and quintessential film about a boy’s love for his dog is now an American original as much as it is a Disney classic. No film better portrays the powerful emotions of hope, courage, and friendship. When his younger brother adopts a frisky lop-eared stray, 15-year-old Travis (Tommy Kirk), acting “man-of-the-house,” tries to shoo him away. But Old Yeller soon proves he is anything but “yellow” when he protects the family farm and saves Travis’ life. From its charming simplicity to its gripping conclusion, the drama, humor and heart of Old belong in everyone’s collection.
Savage Sam: Now discover what happens next in Savage Sam, the sequel to Walt Disney’s classic adventure Old Yeller, where adopting a new pup sets the stage for more thrills in the untamed West. With his two young masters Travis and Arliss Coates (Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran), gentle and true-blue Sam faces even greater dangers than Yeller. From the ferocious attacks of wolves and wildcats to tracking renegade wrongdoers, our four-legged hero proves his pedigree. Savage Sam is a compelling story of love, devotion, and trust that is sure to win your heart.”
Old Yeller and Savage Sam are rated G.
There’s a pretty good selection of bonus features here. “Old Yeller: Remembering A Classic” is a great retrospective on the making of the film. From the writing of the book to the release of the film, they get into detail on how Old Yeller was made. The kids are also interviewed and it’s quite odd to see them all grown up. Also included is “Conversations With Tommy Kirk”. The featurette follows this former Disney star from his first job at Disney through all his feature films. The featurette doesn’t mention that he was let go from Disney for being outed as being gay, but it’s an otherwise candid look at his career and experiences there. “Lost Treasures — “Ranch Of The Golden Oak”” talks about a famous ranch outside of Hollywood that is used for filming all sorts of Westerns. It’s a great peek behind the scenes at a location used for so many productions. Rounding out the bonus features is the Pluto cartoon “Bone Trouble” and a montage of clips featuring Disney’s dog stars.