Silly Symphonies

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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
 
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El terrible toreador (1929 Short Film)
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A Spanish cantina. The toreador enters, sees the waitress being harassed, and confronts the military/police type doing the harassment. She comes to the bullfight. (6 mins.)
Director: Walt Disney
 
3.
Springtime (1929 Short Film)
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Flowers, insects, and a crow family all dance to a jaunty tune celebrating spring. After a brief storm, grasshoppers, frogs, and spiders cavort to the Dance of the Hours. (6 mins.)
Director: Walt Disney
 
4.
Hell's Bells (1929 Short Film)
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The demons of hell play music for Satan, whose delight turns to wrath when an insubordinate refuses to become food for Cerberus. (6 mins.)
Director: Ub Iwerks
 
5.
The Merry Dwarfs (1929 Short Film)
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A band of dwarfs dance while they work and play in the forest. (6 mins.)
 
6.
Summer (1930 Short Film)
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The bugs of summer frolic and dance. (6 mins.)
 
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Autumn (1930 Short Film)
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The season series of Silly Symphonies continues, with squirrels storing nuts and corn, crows stealing it, beavers building a dam, ducks migrating, and the like, as the first snows fall. (6 mins.)
 
8.
Cannibal Capers (1930 Short Film)
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One day in the life of cannibals with a gypsy soul and lion-chef. (6 mins.)
 
9.
Frolicking Fish (1930 Short Film)
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The title pretty much says it: fish and other marine life dance and frolic to various tunes. An octopus keeps spoiling the fun in various ways. (6 mins.)
 
10.
Arctic Antics (1930 Short Film)
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A collection of arctic animals (seals, walruses, polar bears, penguins) float by on ice floes and on shore, performing various musical numbers. (7 mins.)
Director: Ub Iwerks
 
11.
Midnight in a Toy Shop (1930 Short Film)
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A spider sneaks in to a toy store and sees the toys come to life as he plays a tune on the toy piano and record player. (7 mins.)
Director: Wilfred Jackson
 
12.
Night (1930 Short Film)
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The moon and two owls sing to the Blue Danube Waltz, celebrating the night. Moths dance around a candle flame, fireflies glow, frogs chorus, and so forth. (7 mins.)
Director: Walt Disney
 
13.
Monkey Melodies (1930 Short Film)
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The monkeys are swinging; their song and dance routine has other jungle creatures joining in. And two monkeys in love chase and kiss. But the hungry crocodiles lie in wait (and dance the soft shoe)... (7 mins.)
 
14.
Winter (1930 Short Film)
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In the last of the Silly Symphonies season cycle, bears hibernate (or try to), raccoons sneeze, moose swim, and pretty much everyone ice skates. Everyone gathers around the groundhog to see what happens. (7 mins.)
 
15.
Playful Pan (1930 Short Film)
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The mythological satyr plays some tunes on his pipes and gets various flora and fauna dancing to them... (7 mins.)
 
16.
Birds of a Feather (1931 Short Film)
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Swans swim by; a peacock displays its plumage in glorious black-and-white while a passing duck jeers;... (8 mins.)
Director: Burt Gillett
 
17.
Mother Goose Melodies (1931 Short Film)
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An extremely large Old King Cole sings his story. His "fiddlers three" turn out to be the Three Blind Mice... (8 mins.)
Director: Burt Gillett
 
18.
The China Plate (1931 Short Film)
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The emperor's musicians play their instruments (and a stray cat) while the ladies of the court dance... (7 mins.)
 
19.
The Busy Beavers (1931 Short Film)
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A group of beavers goes about their dam-building, musically. The rain comes, and washes the dam away. (7 mins.)
Director: Burt Gillett
 
20.
The Cat's Nightmare (1931 Short Film)
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The family cat, out for the night, stalks and catches a bird singing atop the weathervane, but it flies off... (7 mins.)
Director: Wilfred Jackson
 
21.
Egyptian Melodies (1931 Short Film)
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A spider sneaks into the Sphinx and has several spooky encounters. (6 mins.)
 
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The Clock Store (1931 Short Film)
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The various clocks and watches in a clock store dance, ring alarms musically, and otherwise entertain us in an after hours presentation. (7 mins.)
Director: Wilfred Jackson
 
23.
The Spider and the Fly (1931 Short Film)
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A kitchen is filled with houseflies. A spider wakes up and plays his web like a harp, attracting a pair of them; the female is trapped... (7 mins.)
Director: Wilfred Jackson
 
24.
The Fox Hunt (1931 Short Film)
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It's morning in the English countryside and time for the gentry to participate in their favorite sport: the fox hunt. (7 mins.)
 
25.
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.)
 
26.
The Bird Store (1932 Short Film)
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Pet shop birds defend themselves from a hungry cat. (7 mins.)
 
27.
The Bears and Bees (1932 Short Film)
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Two bear cubs find some honey in a tree stump and escape the wrath of the bees when a big, mean bear chases them away and does the suffering for them. (6 mins.)
Director: Wilfred Jackson
 
28.
Just Dogs (1932 Short Film)
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Pluto's cage-mate helps him escape from the pound and find a bone to eat. But Pluto is not especially grateful. (7 mins.)
 
29.
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.)
 
30.
King Neptune (1932 Short Film)
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King Neptune and an array of sea creatures come to the rescue of a mermaid captured by lecherous pirates. (7 mins.)
 
31.
Bugs in Love (1932 Short Film)
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Insects have made a playground/carnival out of castoffs, featuring "ice skating" on mirrors. Two love bugs head off to a more private area... (7 mins.)
 
32.
Babes in the Woods (1932 Short Film)
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Two Dutch children stumble on a clearing in the woods where gnomes are going about their business. The gnomes are friendly to the children... (8 mins.)
 
33.
Santa's Workshop (1932 Short Film)
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Santa's little helpers must hurry to finish the toys before Christmas Day. (7 mins.)
 
34.
Birds in the Spring (1933 Short Film)
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Two birds rejoice over the hatching of their three eggs; as they grow, the hatchlings are taught to sing and fly... (7 mins.)
 
35.
Father Noah's Ark (1933 Short Film)
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Noah, his family (wife, 3 sons, their wives), and various animals all help build the ark. The rains come... (8 mins.)
 
36.
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.)
 
37.
Old King Cole (1933 Short Film)
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Old King Cole throws party and invites all of the Mother Goose characters. He warns them that they must leave at midnight... (7 mins.)
 
38.
Lullaby Land (1933 Short Film)
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A baby is transported to Lullaby Land, where pacifiers grow on trees, diapers, bottles, and potty chairs march on parade... (7 mins.)
 
39.
The Pied Piper (1933 Short Film)
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A piper saves a town from rat infestation, but when they refuse to pay him back for his deed, he gets revenge. (8 mins.)
 
40.
The Night Before Christmas (1933 Short Film)
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A narrator sings the opening stanzas of the classic poem while we see the house at rest. Santa lands on the roof... (8 mins.)
 
41.
The China Shop (1934 Short Film)
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The elderly owner of a china shop leaves for the night, and the various figurines and decorated mugs come to life... (8 mins.)
 
42.
The Grasshopper and the Ants (1934 Short Film)
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As in the classic fable, the grasshopper plays his fiddle and lives for the moment, while the industrious... (8 mins.)
 
43.
Funny Little Bunnies (1934 Short Film)
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We see bunny rabbits preparing for Easter, by making chocolate eggs and rabbits, decorating eggs, and weaving and filling baskets. (7 mins.)
 
44.
The Big Bad Wolf (1934 Short Film)
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The two foolish little pigs escort Red Riding Hood on a short cut through the woods, against the advice of their bricklayer brother... (9 mins.)
 
45.
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.)
 
46.
The Flying Mouse (1934 Short Film)
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To the tune "I Would Like to Be a Bird," a young mouse fashions wings from a pair of leaves, to the... (9 mins.)
 
47.
Peculiar Penguins (1934 Short Film)
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Two penguins woo. (6 mins.)
 
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The Goddess of Spring (1934 Short Film)
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The lovely goddess of spring Persephone is kidnapped by Hades, thus bringing about the winter season. (10 mins.)
 
49.
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.)
 
50.
The Golden Touch (1935 Short Film)
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King Midas is visited by an elf; the elf turns his cat to gold, then claps his hands and it changes back... (10 mins.)
Director: Walt Disney
 
51.
The Robber Kitten (1935 Short Film)
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Ambrose the kitten renames himself Butch and runs away from home with plans to become a robber. His first intended victim... (8 mins.)
 
52.
Water Babies (1935 Short Film)
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Without dialogue, "Water Babies" chronicles the activities of numerous kewpie doll-like water nymphs over the course of a single day... (8 mins.)
 
53.
The Cookie Carnival (1935 Short Film)
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Cookies, cakes, and other desserts march in a parade. A gingerbread girl cries because she has nothing to wear; a gingerbread man dresses her up, and she is named cookie queen. (8 mins.)
 
54.
Who Killed Cock Robin? (1935 Short Film)
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Robin is crooning to a Mae West-like Jenny Wren when he is shot with an arrow. A court is convened; the judge... (8 mins.)
 
55.
Music Land (1935 Short Film)
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The princess violin from the sleepy Land of Symphony is chased by a more lively alto saxophone from the Isle of Jazz. Soon the queen (a viola) discovers them and locks the sax in the metronome. (10 mins.)
 
56.
Three Orphan Kittens (1935 Short Film)
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Three orphan kittens are entering a society house in winter and ruin the furniture. But when they're caught by the maid... (9 mins.)
Director: David Hand
 
57.
Cock o' the Walk (1935 Short Film)
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The title character comes to town, complete with portable boxing ring. He grabs a local chicken and dances with her... (8 mins.)
Director: Ben Sharpsteen
 
58.
Broken Toys (1935 Short Film)
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A sailor doll, thrown into a toy dump, rallies the demoralized dolls that were already there. (8 mins.)
Director: Ben Sharpsteen
 
59.
Elmer Elephant (1936 Short Film)
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The other children at a birthday party mock Elmer Elephant for his big nose, but it proves useful when he needs to save the birthday girl from a fire in her tree house. (8 mins.)
 
60.
Three Little Wolves (1936 Short Film)
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The two foolish little pigs think crying "wolf" on their brother is great sport. Then the real wolf comes around... (9 mins.)
 
61.
Toby Tortoise Returns (1936 Short Film)
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Max Hare is boxing Toby Tortoise, and beating him severely in round one. Between rounds, a Mae West... (7 mins.)
 
62.
Three Blind Mouseketeers (1936 Short Film)
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As the title implies, the three blind mice are musketeers. The cat sets a number of traps for them,... (9 mins.)
 
63.
The Country Cousin (1936 Short Film)
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Morty Citymouse invites his cousin Abner Countrymouse for a visit and shows him the ways of the big city, including traps, eating quietly, and busy traffic. (7 mins.)
Director: Wilfred Jackson
 
64.
Mother Pluto (1936 Short Film)
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A hen has taken up residence in Pluto's doghouse and laid her eggs. She steps out; Pluto comes home and the eggs all hatch... (9 mins.)
 
65.
More Kittens (1936 Short Film)
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Thrown out of the house into the backyard, the three kittens are sheltered by a giant Saint Bernard and are tormented by a turtle and a bluebird. (8 mins.)
 
66.
Woodland Café (1937 Short Film)
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Insects gather at a night café to watch an Apache dance act and a jazz band with comical results. (7 mins.)
 
67.
Little Hiawatha (1937 Short Film)
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The "fearless warrior" of the poem is a very small child whose pants keep falling down. He tries to shoot a grasshopper with his arrow... (9 mins.)
 
68.
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.)
 
69.
Moth and the Flame (1938 Short Film)
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A group of moths invades a costume shop through a badly plugged hole in a window and makes quick work of the contents... (8 mins.)
 
70.
Wynken, Blynken & Nod (1938 Short Film)
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The three sleepy children sail in their shoe-boat; they stall briefly on a cloud, then have various... (8 mins.)
 
71.
Farmyard Symphony (1938 Short Film)
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The farm comes to life, to various classical tunes. The high point is a rooster serenading a chicken... (8 mins.)
 
72.
Merbabies (1938 Short Film)
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A salt water version of "Water Babies" (1935); adorable redheaded 'merbabies' materialize out of the... (9 mins.)
 
73.
Mother Goose Goes Hollywood (1938 Short Film)
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Various Mother Goose rhymes are portrayed by Hollywood stars for example, Old King Cole's fiddlers three are the Marx Brothers... (8 mins.)
 
74.
The Practical Pig (1939 Short Film)
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Two of the Three Little Pigs are caught by the Big Bad Wolf while swimming. But when the wolf tries to get the third... (8 mins.)
 
75.
Ugly Duckling (1939 Short Film)
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A newborn cygnet searches for a family that will accept him. (9 mins.)