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 »
Mickey and his friends are staging a sort of olympics in a makeshift stadium on his farm. The main event is a sort of quadrathlon, with running, pole vaulting, rowing, and cycling. Mickey ... See full summary »
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 »
Insects have made a playground/carnival out of castoffs, featuring "ice skating" on mirrors. Two love bugs head off to a more private area. But their fun is interrupted when a crow comes by... See full summary »
It's bath day for Pluto; we open with him already being scrubbed. He gets out, and his tug of war with Mickey and the towel lands Mickey in the tub. The soap jumps out, and Pluto swallows ... See full summary »
Mickey runs radio station ICU from his barn. His friends play various musical numbers. A cat wanders in and starts yowling (which sets Pluto, who was listing from his doghouse, off). Mickey... 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 »
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 »
Mickey's hunting, along with a characteristically playful and distracted (and uncharacteristically talkative) Pluto. Pluto fetches a forked branch, and Mickey shoots, mistaking it for ... See full summary »
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 riding horseflies, riding dragonflies to drop pepper bombs, firing champagne bottles, and ultimately setting the web on fire and catching the spider on flypaper when he falls. Written by
Jon Reeves <firstname.lastname@example.org>
While not one of my definitive favourites when it comes to Silly Symphonies, The Spider and the Fly is very interesting and fun, and I'd go to say it is one of Disney's best early efforts. What stuck out for me was that there were shorts of that time that there is lots of music and dancing, singing also as well as playful gags but not always a succinct story, truly memorable characters or signs of conflict. The Spider and the Fly is somewhat different though. The animation as always is crisp and beautiful, with some very cleverly done shots also in the opening involving the room being upside down and then rotated the opposite way. The music is energetic and characterful and not just enhances the action but also the story and characters in my opinion. The story is simple but there is definitely one(one of the clearest examples of good vs evil in a Disney shorts) and one that's told charmingly and there are some very inventive set pieces such as the Spider being attacked by pepper bombs, flies riding on horseflies and the exciting ending. The characters also help. The flies are appealing, surprising as I normally can't stand flies and the horseflies are well drawn and cute, but the most memorable character is easily the Spider, who right from his first appearance exudes menace. In conclusion, absolutely great, definitely worth seeing at least once. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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