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3 July 1930 (USA) See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Wilfred Jackson (uncredited)
Produced by
Walt Disney .... producer
Original Music by
Bert Lewis (uncredited)
Animation Department
Johnny Cannon .... animator (uncredited)
Les Clark .... animator (uncredited)
Norman Ferguson .... animator (uncredited)
David Hand .... animator (uncredited)
Wilfred Jackson .... animator (uncredited)
Jack King .... animator (uncredited)
Dick Lundy .... animator (uncredited)
Tom Palmer .... animator (uncredited)
Ben Sharpsteen .... animator (uncredited)

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7 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Early Disney Cartoon, 26 August 2000
Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA

A Walt Disney SILLY SYMPHONY Cartoon.

Driven by a storm, a large six-legged spider finds itself at MIDNITE IN A TOYSHOP. The nasty creature gets to witness what happens when the toys come to life and begin to frolic about.

With almost an invisible plot, this black & white cartoon was an exercise in form & movement, action & reaction.

The SILLY SYMPHONIES, which Walt Disney produced for a ten year period beginning in 1929, are among the most interesting of series in the field of animation. Unlike the Mickey Mouse cartoons in which action was paramount, with the Symphonies the action was made to fit the music. There was little plot in the early Symphonies, which featured lively inanimate objects and anthropomorphic plants & animals, all moving frantically to the soundtrack. Gradually, however, the Symphonies became the school where Walt's animators learned to work with color and began to experiment with plot, characterization & photographic special effects. The pages of Fable & Fairy Tale, Myth & Mother Goose were all mined to provide story lines and even Hollywood's musicals & celebrities were effectively spoofed. It was from this rich soil that Disney's feature-length animation was to spring. In 1939, with SNOW WHITE successfully behind him and PINOCCHIO & FANTASIA on the near horizon, Walt phased out the SILLY SYMPHONIES; they had run their course & served their purpose.

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