The mythological satyr plays some tunes on his pipes and gets various flora and fauna dancing to them. Two clouds also dance; they bump into each other, causing lightning strikes that start... See full summary »
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.
As I have said many times before, it is not as if I don't like Disney. I am a great fan, and I love most of the Disney cartoons, especially Babes in the Woods, Skeleton Dance, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Goddess of Spring, Father Noah's Ark, The Old Mill, The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met, Symphony Hour, The Band Concert and especially Flowers and Trees. The Merry Dwarfs just didn't do much for me. Granted it is not the worst Disney cartoon, that's El Terrible Toreador, but apart from some good animation, some nicely choreographed dancing some great music and a few good moments with one of the dwarfs impersonating a female, the blacksmith putting shoes on a grasshopper and an experimental-style ending it is a rather dull cartoon. Sadly what makes The Merry Dwarfs dull from my perspective was a story that never comes to life even in its storybook-like form, characters that are cute but rather bland and while well choreographed the dancing just goes on and on and on making The Merry Dwarfs rather tedious. Overall, not a bad cartoon but I can't really recommend it other than for historical value. 5/10 Bethany Cox
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