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3 November 1934 (USA) See more »
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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

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Kenny Baker ... Singing Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Jessica Dragonette ... Goddess of Spring (voice) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Tudor Williams ... Pluto (voice) (uncredited)
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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)
 
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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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This is only a test, 21 January 2004
Author: travisimo from Pocatello, Idaho, USA

As the Snow White Platinum DVD notes, The Goddess of Spring served mostly as practice for the Disney animators on how to properly animate humans for Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs. Not only did they improve on animating humans, I thought they also greatly improved on drawing backgrounds, animals, and the dwarf-like creatures that appeared in The Goddess of Spring. While The Goddess of Spring is an animated short with a much smaller budget, the difference between the dwarfs in this cartoon and Snow White are as different as night and day. The dwarfs in Goddess of Spring were all drawn the same with no unique personalities, whereas Snow White's dwarfs are all unique in both appearance and personality.

I've also read that people were impressed with how well the hell sequences were drawn in Goddess of Spring. I have to admit that I wasn't really impressed when I saw it. I thought the sequences were too bland and a little too bright for a depiction of hell. I was actually more impressed with the hell sequences drawn in 1929's Hell's Bells, one of the first, rare Silly Symphonies drawn by Ub Iwerks.

However, I will say that I did somewhat enjoy the story of Goddess of Spring, which uses mythology to explain why we don't have everlasting spring. The opera style was kind of corny though. I just didn't get the sense that Disney animators concentrated too much on this short, but rather just as practice for Snow White. Nevertheless, I guess Goddess of Spring fulfilled its mission, because Snow White is one of the greatest, most landmark films in the history of cinema.

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