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[DVD Review] Walt Disney Animation Collection: Volume 4: The Tortoise and the Hare

Volume 4 of the Disney Classic Short Films collection has an odd problem in that the title cartoon, while undeniably classic, pales in comparison to the rest of the cartoons in the set. For adult Disney collectors the older make-up of the films on this disc won’t be a problem, but for the kids it’s hard to say whether or not they’ll be all that enthralled with many or any of the cartoons in the fourth volume.

The Tortoise and the Hare (1935)

Kids have been told the tale of The Tortoise and the Hare for decades. The best part of this cartoon (used briefly in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) is the way the tortoise moves; as his shell moves along a perfectly straight line, his arms and feed move in a smooth motion that just looks really neat. The Tortoise and the Hare as a story has aged
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Andreotti pic moving forward

Andreotti pic moving forward
ROME -- Paolo Sorrentino's controversial film about famed Italian political powerbroker Giulio Andreotti will start filming next month, with or without the help of the seven-time prime minister.

Sorrentino -- a two-time Palme d'Or nominee at Cannes -- announced the plans for the highly anticipated film last month, claiming that the 88-year-old Andreotti gave the project his blessing. But Andreotti responded a day later saying he had never met Sorrentino and that he hoped the film would never be made.

But producers indicated Monday that it will indeed be made, with a €4.2 million ($5.7 million) budget split between four production houses: Italian producers Indigo Film, Lucky Red and Parco Film along with French company Babe Films. Filming is set to begin in June.

Toni Servillo, who won a David di Donatello Award for best actor for Sorrentino's 2004 film Conseguenze dell'Amore (Consequences of Love), will play Andreotti in the film.

When contacted, Sorrentino would not say if Andreotti had finally decided to give his blessing to the project.

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