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16 September 1933 (USA) See more »
A piper saves a town from rat infestation, but when they refuse to pay him back for his deed, he gets revenge. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Wilfred Jackson (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert Browning  poem (uncredited)
Ted Sears  uncredited

Produced by
Walt Disney .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Leigh Harline (uncredited)
Animation Department
Art Babbitt .... animator (uncredited)
Ferdinand Horvath .... layout artist (uncredited)
Dick Huemer .... animator (uncredited)

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8 min
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In the original story a crippled boy is left behind along with a blind boy and a deaf boy; they are the only three children who do not disappear, and they tell the adults what has happened to the others. Walt Disney clearly realized this, as this version has a boy walking on crutches who almost misses his chance to get into the paradise the Pied Piper has provided for the children.See more »
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Version of The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1918)See more »


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The familiar story gets a few new twists from Disney..., 30 March 2008
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

This Silly Symphonies cartoon begins with a graphic example of how rats are overpowering Hamelin Town, all to the tune of a spirited song about the little creatures. The mayor of the city offers a bag of gold to anyone who will help the townspeople get rid of all the rats. The Pied Piper turns up, announcing he'll reduce the overrun rat population and accept the bag of gold for reward.

Next thing you know, the little critters are all following him down a country road far away from town and he's ready to return for his gold.

"I've done my work as I was told and now I'll take my bag of gold."

The Mayor refuses to carry out the bargain and the townspeople say all he did was play a tune, so the Piper declares he'll remove all the children of the town from their influence. And so, he woos them off to a childhood paradise where they can sing and play rather than be used as little more than hard-worked servants by their parents.

Charming animation helps make it a morality tale with a happy ending.

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