Cartoon Roots Blu-ray review by Mike Matei

Mike Matei / April 14th, 2015

Get the Cartoon Roots Blu-ray here!

Cartoon Roots is a recent combination Blu-ray/DVD release featuring rare and newly restored animation from the silent and early sound eras. It’s the first Blu-ray from the Cartoons On Film label and is designed as an entertaining and informative collection for serious animation enthusiasts and new fans. For anyone looking to learn more about early animation, this is an extremely worthwhile release.


  • Michael Gonzalez

    April 14, 2015 at 2:42 am

    Hey thanks I’ve been looking more animations especially mixing live action film

  • DeeBax

    April 14, 2015 at 4:05 am

    Nice review, Mike!

    Tom’s probably one of the nicest people around, and he let me help him on the set (mainly on the “Mutt and Jeff Film Funnies” supplemental feature).

    Hopefully the upcoming CARTOON CARNIVAL documentary will bring silent animation to a wider audience.

  • Hanglyman

    April 14, 2015 at 4:27 am

    Neat. I always feel like I’m the last person on the planet who still enjoys watching really old Popeye cartoons, but this is a whole other era I wasn’t even aware of. Just about the only character I recognized was Koko the Clown. I can’t afford this just now, but it’s on my Amazon wishlist for sure.

  • April 14, 2015 at 5:45 am

    Thank you kindly for informing us of this collection! While I am interested in this sort of thing as well, this will make a wonderful gift for my wife – she’s obsessed with classic film and in particular cartoons and has done a bit of collecting old reels of animation and will go nuts over this. I’ll gladly support it and future endeavors. =)

  • Don Skiver

    April 14, 2015 at 6:37 am

    Ahh… rubber hose animation… This looks like an interesting blu ray that I just might pick up. I don’t consider myself an animation enthusiast, but I do consider myself a history enthusiast and this seems to be chock full of history that would otherwise be completely forgotten.

  • danylizotte

    April 14, 2015 at 7:43 am

    It would be great if there was a DVD set for this. I don’t own a blu-ray player, but I would definitely buy the DVDs.

    • danylizotte

      April 14, 2015 at 7:45 am

      never mind, I didn’t read the intro paragraph

      • Spottedfeather

        April 26, 2015 at 8:26 pm

        Blu-ray has been around for 9 years. I think it’s safe to get a player now. You don’t have a playstation 3 ?

  • NashKnight

    April 14, 2015 at 8:24 am

    OMG I’m really into early days animation lately, I can’t believe this disk exists! Thank you so much for this review!

  • whatabird

    April 14, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Did they scan it or they just shot it on a HD camera against a projector screen ? because maybe they will be interested in a “Blackmagic Cintel Film Scanner”
    Normally a film scanner cost in the hundreds thousands dollars but this one have all new technologies and it’s much affordable.

  • April 14, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Really interesting. Thank you Mike for bringing this gem to my attention.

  • frostare

    April 14, 2015 at 10:29 am

    I still think whiteboard stop motion animation is amazing, heh.

  • ai

    April 14, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Great review Mike!! I learned a lot.

  • April 14, 2015 at 11:40 am

    This is fascinating! I had never heard of many of these characters and shows.

  • pj0T

    April 14, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Cool! Have to buy this! Thanks for showing this, Mike!

  • April 14, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    I just ordered a copy off Amazon. I had seen this on before but noticed it didn’t have a review. I wasn’t sure about it. Thanks Mike!

  • April 14, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    It’s Backordered for me.

  • Michael Rogers

    April 14, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Mike, I have to thank you for posting up this review. The history of cartoons is always fascinating and most certainly worth keeping alive. I’ll have to pick this one up at some point.

  • Boo Daclown

    April 14, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    how about a cinemasscre cartoon

  • Roth Sothy

    April 14, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    This is great! I’ll have this on my wishlist to get soon. I saw some old Max Fleischer episodes of Superman and Betty Boop just last weekend.

    • Don Skiver

      April 14, 2015 at 8:15 pm

      Oh man… I *love* the Fleischer Superman cartoons! I used to have a bunch of them on VHS when I was like 7 years old. :}

  • dah jabbah

    April 14, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    I love stuff like this. You guys are not just nerds or gamers, you are historians.

  • April 14, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    I’ll have to order that one. When I was a kid, I convinced my parents to order me a copy of “Of Mice and Magic” by Leonard Maltin, so I’ve actually heard of Bobby Bumps and Colonel Heeza Liar (along with other more well-known silent cartoons, like Koko the Clown, the Alice cartoons, Felix the Cat, and Gertie the Dinosaur).

  • April 15, 2015 at 3:05 am

    nice commercial for your friend. Might buy this one.

  • geddon

    April 15, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Very cool. Thanks for the video Mike!

  • Matt

    April 15, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Awesome, I really want to buy this..but wait..I live in Europe..

    • April 15, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      Anyone international is able to buy on amazon

    • Pith Helmet

      April 15, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      According to the Amazon description it is not region locked, so a Blu-ray player from Europe can play it. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Matt

        April 16, 2015 at 5:56 am

        But according to Amazon:

        Sorry, this item can’t be shipped to your selected address. Learn more. You may either change the shipping address or delete the item from your order. You can also see if this item is available to ship to your address from another seller. ”

        “The following types of items canโ€™t be shipped to buyers outside the U.S.: video games, toy and baby items, electronics, cameras and photo items, tools and hardware, kitchenware and housewares, sporting goods and outdoor equipment, software, and computers. ”

        . What is it that Im doing wrong =/ ?

    • April 17, 2015 at 11:23 am

      That’s very strange…I’ve fulfilled orders to others outside of the US. What country are you in? If this persists, I’ll contact Amazon

  • nintendoassassin754

    April 15, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Can you upload to this vid to youtube or something? I hate watching videos on this player at school. There is always an error.

  • April 15, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Man, you have a lot of Walt Disney Treasures sets. Did you get those new when they came out at Costco, or did you have to buy them off the web? just wondering because some of them are crazy expensive. Especially the Donald duck volumes, anything zorro, and Dr. Syn The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh. You have a great range to your collection Mike, and cool review, will check out your buddies blu ray.

  • captveg

    April 15, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Thinderbean Animation – the co-ditributor of Cartoon Roots – has released three other Blu-ray/DVDs of classic cartoons from the 1910s-1940s: Gulliver’s Travels (1939) w/ 8 bonus shorts, Technicolor Dreams and Black & White Nightmares (15 shorts), and Classics from the Van Beuren Studio (17 shorts). All very much worth checking out.

    • captveg

      April 15, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      *Thunderbean, not Thinderbean

  • April 15, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Fantastic video Mike !
    Really informative… please do more vids about animation .

  • April 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    love old cartoons.. thanks for letting us know about this Mike.. i’m definitely picking the Blu-ray/dvd set up

  • kevdemed

    April 18, 2015 at 2:05 am

    Extremely interesting!

  • Oliver Box

    April 18, 2015 at 8:00 am

    “When you think of the early cartoons you think of disney’s mickey mouse”

    No I think of the oswald cartoons. The cartoon Mr Walt Disney had BEFORE mickey mouse.

  • Radelta

    April 19, 2015 at 1:07 am

    As much as I love Mikes videos on cinemassacre, theres a reason why these cartoons are forgotten. And its not because of their age ๐Ÿ™

  • April 21, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    This set looks fantastic! Is there any of Winsor McCay’s work on it?

  • Spottedfeather

    April 22, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    I wish you could still buy this…..Looks cool.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    April 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    That’s really cool. It’s great that someone did this, and it’s great to learn more about early animation.

  • nammm3

    August 28, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    VERY COOL! Great-informative review Mike ๐Ÿ˜€ The quality of these cartoons look really good

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