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n 1928 when Walt Disneys artists completed The Skeleton Dance
the distributor of the Mickey Mouse shorts rejected the first
Silly Symphony with a two-word telegram: MORE MCE. Disney arranged
to screen Skeleton Dance at the Carthay Circle Theater in Los Angeles
where it received an enthusiastic response and the series took off.
Seven Silly Symphonies won Academy Awards beginning with Flowers
and Trees. Disney used these musically themed shorts to train young
artists and test new styles effects and technologies: every film
represented an innovation of some sort.
n Three Little Pigs characters who looked alike demonstrated different
personalities through the way they moved. The Old Mill showcased the
newly invented Multiplane camera. The Sugar Cookie Girl in Cookie Carnival
was one of several female characters the artists created while learning to
animate a believable heroine for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
The well-chosen selections in this set demonstrate how quickly
Disney advanced the art of animation during the 30s. Only eight years
separate the crude black-and-white version of The Ugly Duckling 1931
from the moving Technicolor Oscar-winner of 1939. Over 60 years later
these films have lost none of their charm. The jazz-dancing insects in
Woodland Caf the wonderfully animated caricature of Mae West in
Who Killed Cock Robin and the instrument-characters in Music Land
remain as delightful as ever. Leonard Maltin makes a genial host
and two hidden cartoons include Walts introductions from the old
Disneyland program. --Charles Solomon
Fables and Fairy Tales: Mother Goose Melodies Babes in the Woods
Lullaby Land The Flying Mouse The Golden Touch The Robber Kitten
Elmer Elephant The Country Cousin and The Tortoise and the Hare.
Favorite Characters: Three Little Pigs The Wise Little Hen
Three Little Wolves Toby Tortoise Returns and The Big Bad Wolf.
Leonard Maltins Picks: The Grasshopper and the Ants
The Tortoise and the Hare The Flying Mouse The Country Cousin
Wynken Blynken and Nod and The Three Little Pigs.
Accent on Music: The Skeleton Dance The China Plate Egyptian Melodies
Flowers and Trees The Cookie Carnival Music Land and Woodland Caf.
Nature on the Screen: Birds of a Feather The Busy Beavers
The Ugly Duckling 1931 Just Dogs Father Noahs Ark
Funny Little Bunnies Peculiar Penguins Mother Pluto The Old Mill
and The Ugly Duckling 1939.
Leonard Maltins Picks : The Skeleton Dance
Flowers and Trees Music Land and The Ugly Duckling.