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Release Date:
3 November 1934 (USA) See more »
Plot:
The lovely goddess of spring Persephone is kidnapped by Hades, thus bringing about the winter season. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in alphabetical order)
Kenny Baker ... Singing Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Jessica Dragonette ... Goddess of Spring (voice) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Tudor Williams ... Pluto (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Wilfred Jackson (uncredited)
 
Produced by
Walt Disney .... producer
 
Original Music by
Leigh Harline (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Wolfgang Reitherman .... animator
Ken Anderson .... layout artist (uncredited)
Art Babbitt .... animator (uncredited)
Les Clark .... animator (uncredited)
Dick Huemer .... animator (uncredited)
Ward Kimball .... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Hamilton Luske .... animator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Marge Champion .... movement model: Persephone (uncredited)
 

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10 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Featured in Disney Through the Decades (2001) (V)See more »

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A testing ground for Snow White, 11 December 2012
Author: MissSimonetta from United States

While charming on its own merits, this short really shows how far the Disney animators came in the three years between this and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The movements of the leading lady of The Goddess of Spring are awkward and somewhat grotesque; her limbs seem to flail about as she skips to her throne, and she does not seem to possess any bones or weight at all. As Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston said in their book "The Illusion of Life", there was no way she would have ever been able to carry an animated film.

But like I said, the short is cute. It's a decent retelling of Greek myth; it excludes Persephone's mother Demeter from the tale, but this is understandable as the story has to be compressed to keep a ten minute running time. Some of the music is in the operetta style, which I'm not too keen on, but there's a cool jazz number in the first underworld scene, where Hades' demons sing of "Mighty Hades". Overall, if you're an animation buff you're more likely to enjoy this than the casual viewer; while there is some entertainment value here, its mainly of historical interest only.

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