Wednesday, December 10, 2008


I love it that you can decide you want to watch or listen to something, and then go online and do just that. For example, YouTube contains a treasure trove of old cartoons, like these classsics from Disney's Silly Symphonies series.

Silly Symphonies was a series of 75 animated shorts produced by Walt Disney Productions from 1929 to 1939. Unlike the more famous Mickey Mouse sister series, Silly Symphonies did not usually feature continuing characters. The original basis of the cartoons was musical novelty, and the musical scores of the first cartoons were composed by stone-cold legend Carl Stalling. "Skeleton Dance" was (I think) the first in the series, and is unbelievably creepy cute:

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After Disney secured exclusive rights to a new three-strip, full-color Technicolor process (replacing the previous two-tone process) in 1935, a 60 percent complete Symphony, "Flowers and Trees", was scrapped and redone in full color. The short was a phenomenal success, and within a year, the Silly Symphonies series became just as successful (if not more so) than the now-far-more-famous Mickey Mouse cartoons.

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Finally, from the Mickey Mouse series, this (quite literally) trippy masterpiece, also from '35:

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1 comment:

Eli said...

I'm not sure which is more disturbing, the skeleton abusing the cat, or the proceeding charleston skeleton which spanks itself.