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.
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, and the male summons the cavalry, which arrives ... See full summary »
The family cat, out for the night, stalks and catches a bird singing atop the weathervane, but it flies off, pulling the cat and weathervane down and knocking the cat out. The cat has a ... See full summary »
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 »
Before you can get to see "Cannibal Capers" and a few other 'special' cartoons on the "Walt Disney Treasures: More Silly Symphonies" DVD set, you are forced to watch an introduction by Leonard Maltin. He talks about the times in which they were made and how politically incorrect the films are. I am not against this, but hate how once you view it, you must ALWAYS view Maltin's speech again if you come back to any of the offensive cartoons. The same thing happens in some of the other Treasures DVDS--such as the second Donald Duck set.
This short has the innocuous title "Midnight in a Toy Shop" and so I was anxious to know what was politically incorrect about it. It begins with a HUGE spider sneaking into the toy shop--and I assume it's because it's snowing. Once inside, the spider bumbles into various toys, plays a piano and dances. And I continue waiting to see what's so offensive. Then, out of the blue, a black doll starts dancing and saying 'Mammy'. Well, it looks like I found the problematic scene after all! Unlike most Silly Symphony shorts, this one is practically plot less. While this is not unheard of, it keeps it from being a very good cartoon--as does the Mammy doll. It's not a terrible cartoon, but it has issues!
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