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 »

Director:

(uncredited)
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Winter (1930)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

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.

Director: Burt Gillett
Family | Musical | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

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)...

Director: Burt Gillett
Summer (1930)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The bugs of summer frolic and dance.

Director: Ub Iwerks
Autumn (1930)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

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.

Director: Ub Iwerks
Comedy | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An extremely large Old King Cole sings his story. His "fiddlers three" turn out to be the Three Blind Mice. And his book is Mother Goose, which illustrates Little Miss Muffett, Jack and ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Gillett
Family | Animation | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The emperor's musicians play their instruments (and a stray cat) while the ladies of the court dance. Meanwhile, the children fish and play. But soon, the children anger the emperor, who ... See full summary »

Director: Wilfred Jackson
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A group of beavers goes about their dam-building, musically. The rain comes, and washes the dam away.

Director: Burt Gillett
Family | Musical | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A spider sneaks into the Sphinx and has several spooky encounters.

Director: Wilfred Jackson
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

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 »

Director: Wilfred Jackson
Musical | Family | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

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.

Director: Wilfred Jackson
Family | Comedy | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A band of dwarfs dance while they work and play in the forest.

Director: Walt Disney
Hell's Bells (1929)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The demons of hell play music for Satan, whose delight turns to wrath when an insubordinate refuses to become food for Cerberus.

Director: Ub Iwerks
Edit

Storyline

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 a forest fire. The animals rush to escape the fire. Finally, an animal comes to tell Pan of the fire; he rushes to it, and gets it to dance to his tune, right into the lake. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 December 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En midsommarnattsdröm  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in The Mickey Mouse Club: Episode #1.35 (1955) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Disney's Look At Mythological Demi-God
7 October 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A Walt Disney SILLY SYMPHONY Cartoon Short.

Spring is in the air and PLAYFUL PAN is full of joy. The wild creatures romp to the music of his pipes, and even the flowers & trees join in - until a dreadful forest fire threatens to destroy all...

A simple plot and much action/reaction animation in this cartoon. That is unmistakably Walt voicing the cries of the bear cub.

The SILLY SYMPHONIES, which Walt Disney produced for a ten year period beginning in 1929, are among the most fascinating of all animated series. 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.


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Playful Pan (1930) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page