The various clocks and watches in a clock store dance, ring alarms musically, and otherwise entertain us in an after hours presentation.

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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.

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This short is mentioned in the novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. See more »

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Disney Takes A Tick Tock Tour
1 November 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A Walt Disney SILLY SYMPHONY Cartoon Short.

With the coming on night, the denizens of THE CLOCK STORE all awake to dance & sway & pirouette to their rhythmical music.

There is virtually no plot in this little black & white film, until the boxing alarm clocks start their fisticuffs at the climax. The cartoon boasts a lovely opening scene, however, with the old lamplighter moving along the block, dispelling shadows. This one sequence hints at the quality Disney would display in later years.

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.


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