The Essential Disney Shorts

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1.
Steamboat Willie (1928 Short Film)
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Mickey Mouse, piloting a steamboat, delights his passenger, Minnie, by making musical instruments out of the menagerie on deck. (8 mins.)
Director: Ub Iwerks
“ This cartoon not only changed film history through its innovative use of sound; it introduced the world to a legend. ” - Foux_du_Fafa
 
2.
Flowers and Trees (1932 Short Film)
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An evil tree stump, jealous of two trees in love, starts a forest fire. (8 mins.)
“ The first cartoon in three-strip Technicolor, bringing a richness and opulence never before seen on screen. ” - Foux_du_Fafa
 
3.
Three Little Pigs (1933 Short Film)
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When a hungry wolf starts blowing down some pigs' houses, they take refuge in their sensible brother's brick house. (9 mins.)
“ Upon release, this film caused a huge sensation with resilient Depression-era audiences. Nearly 80 years later, this short still stands up as a winning, musical adaptation of a classic fairy tale. ” - Foux_du_Fafa
 
4.
The Ugly Duckling (1931 Short Film)
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A black duckling is rejected by its mother, a hen, but manages to prove his worth when a tornado threatens the hen's chicks. (7 mins.)
“ This rendition of the classic Hans Christian Andersen story has a lot of charm, and contains some of the first instances of real pathos in animation. But what's more interesting is that it was remade a few years later... ” - Foux_du_Fafa
 
5.
Ugly Duckling (1939 Short Film)
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A newborn cygnet searches for a family that will accept him. (9 mins.)
“ ...in what would be the final Silly Symphony. Compared to the original eight years prior, the storytelling and artwork in the remake are far more sophisticated. The result is a beautiful film, and a testament to how far Disney came with the animated medium during the 1930s. ” - Foux_du_Fafa
 
6.
Brave Little Tailor (1938 Short Film)
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When a giant threatens the land, the city folk mistake Mickey's boast of killing seven flies with one blow to be giants. He is then forced to fight the giant for real. (9 mins.)
“ Mickey Mouse in one of his great roles, this time playing the accidental hero in a version of the Grimm fairy tale "Brave Little Tailor". ” - Foux_du_Fafa
 
7.
The Wise Little Hen (1934 Short Film)
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The hen is looking for someone to help her plant her corn. Peter Pig and Donald Duck both feign belly aches to get out of the chore... (8 mins.)
“ A fun little short featuring the first appearance of Donald Duck. ” - Foux_du_Fafa
 
8.
Don Donald (1937 Short Film)
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Donald is courting Daisy (called Donna, here in her first appearance) Duck in Mexico. He arrives on a burro... (8 mins.)
“ One of Donald's first solo cartoons, and the first to feature Daisy Duck (then called Donna). ” - Foux_du_Fafa
 
9.
The Old Mill (1937 Short Film)
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We see the various birds, mice, and bats that have moved into an old windmill, followed by the frogs... (9 mins.)
“ The first animated film to test the multiplane camera, a device that believably allowed multiple layers of depth in animation. The results are beautiful. ” - Foux_du_Fafa
 
10.
Goofy and Wilbur (1939 Short Film)
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Goofy is going fishing with his best friend, Wilbur, a grasshopper. (8 mins.)
“ One of Goofy's first solo shorts, full of charm. ” - Foux_du_Fafa
 
11.
Alice's Wonderland (1923 Short Film)
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Alice visits an animation studio, where the animators show her various scenes on their drawing boards... (12 mins.)
Director: Walt Disney
“ Long before Mickey Mouse, and even longer before Walt Disney's feature-length "Alice in Wonderland", came a series of shorts where a real-world girl entered magical cartoon environments ” - Foux_du_Fafa
 
12.
The Band Concert (1935 Short Film)
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Mickey and his band are determined to perform their music despite the interferance of Donald Duck and a powerful storm. (9 mins.)
Director: Wilfred Jackson
“ Mickey's first appearance in colour is amusing and memorable. ” - Foux_du_Fafa
 
13.
Ferdinand the Bull (1938 Short Film)
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Little Ferdinand would much rather smell the flowers than butt heads with the other cows. When the men come to choose the bull for the fight... (8 mins.)
“ An Oscar-winning tale of pacifism. ” - Foux_du_Fafa
 
14.
Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom (1953 Short Film)
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A crash course on the history of Western musical instruments. (10 mins.)
“ The first animated film in Cinemascope (widescreen); a wonderful experiment with stylish, limited animation; an Oscar winner - just a few of the things to say about this great short. ” - Foux_du_Fafa
 
15.
Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968 Short Film)
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Winnie the Pooh and his friends experience high winds, heavy rains, and a flood in Hundred Acre Wood. (25 mins.)
“ Probably the best of the featurettes featuring Winnie the Pooh, it's no wonder this won an Oscar for Best Short. ” - Foux_du_Fafa
 
16.
Clock Cleaners (1937 Short Film)
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Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are cleaning a large clock. Among the complications: Mickey fights a sleeping stork that doesn't want to leave, Donald gets tangled up in the main-spring, and Goofy is inside the bell when the clock strikes four. (9 mins.)
 
17.
The Tortoise and the Hare (1935 Short Film)
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Max Hare and Toby Tortoise are having a foot race. Max has much more style, and is generally cocky. He pauses for a short nap... (9 mins.)
“ This adaptation of the Aesop fable features interesting characterisation, and set the standard for how to draw speed in animation. ” - Foux_du_Fafa
 
18.
Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983 Short Film)
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The classic Disney animated characters play the roles in this animated retelling of the Charles Dickens masterpiece. (26 mins.)
Director: Burny Mattinson
“ This fun special was the first new theatrical film to feature Mickey Mouse in 30 years, and also served as one of the first productions many of today's most esteemed animators worked on. ” - Foux_du_Fafa
 
19.
The Skeleton Dance (1929 Short Film)
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The clock strikes midnight, the bats fly from the belfry, a dog howls at the full moon, and two black cats fight in the cemetery: a perfect time for four skeletons to come out and dance a bit. (6 mins.)
Director: Walt Disney
“ The first Silly Symphony. ” - Foux_du_Fafa
 
20.
A Symposium on Popular Songs (1962 Short Film)
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Professor Ludwig von Drake plays a variety of popular music, all of which he wrote. First, ragtime: the Rutabaga Rag... (19 mins.)
Director: Bill Justice
“ Ludwig Von Drake hosts a musical variety show, featuring some of Disney's rare use of stop-motion animation. ” - Foux_du_Fafa
 
21.
Mickey and the Beanstalk (1947 Short Film)
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Mickey, Donald, and Goofy live in a land where everything is dried up and dead. The only food they have is one loaf of bread... (29 mins.)
 
22.
Thru the Mirror (1936 Short Film)
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Mickey has been reading Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There", and falls asleep... (9 mins.)
“ An absolutely entertaining pic ” - Foux_du_Fafa
 
23.
Gulliver Mickey (1934 Short Film)
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Mickey is looking after the orphans. He tells them the story of Gulliver (with Mickey in that role) in Lilliput, though without the satire and bawdy bits. The story ends with Mickey fighting a giant spider, about twice his size. (9 mins.)
 
24.
Orphan's Benefit (1934 Short Film)
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(8 mins.)
 
25.
Ben and Me (1953 Short Film)
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A mouse tells the story of how he guided Benjamin Franklin to success and prominence. (21 mins.)
Director: Hamilton Luske
 
26.
The Art of Skiing (1941 Short Film)
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Goofy, staying at the Sugar Bowl resort, demonstrates the basics of downhill skiing, which the titles and announcer insist is pronounced "SHEEing"... (8 mins.)