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The Golden Touch (1935)

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King Midas is visited by an elf; the elf turns his cat to gold, then claps his hands and it changes back. Midas begs for the golden touch, but the elf warns him it would be a curse to him. ... See full summary »

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King Midas is visited by an elf; the elf turns his cat to gold, then claps his hands and it changes back. Midas begs for the golden touch, but the elf warns him it would be a curse to him. Midas insists. He dances about joyfully at first, but discovers the drawbacks when he sits down to dinner. Fearing death by starvation, he summons the elf and agrees to surrender everything he owns to have the curse lifted. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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22 March 1935 (USA)  »

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Walt Disney hated this short and refused to talk about to his workers. See more »

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King Midas: Who art thou, stranger?
Goldie: A friend. Just call me Goldie.
King Midas: What do you want? My gold?
Goldie: I, want that paltry gold? Ha ha! 'Tis like chicken feed to me. Behold!
[Touches Midas' cat and turns it to gold]
King Midas: The golden touch!
[Grabs the gold cat, but Goldie stops him and turns the cat back to normal]
King Midas: My gold! My kingdom! Everything for the golden touch!
[Starts taking off his coat]
Goldie: Keep thy shirt on, old king. To you the golden touch would prove a golden curse.
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This cartoon really does have a golden touch...
27 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

There was only one thing really that I didn't like about The Golden Touch was the ending, the whole idea that King Midas lost everything for a hamburger didn't convince me and came across as absurd instead. Then again, that's just me having one of my personal thoughts. Otherwise it is a great cartoon, that sadly gets a lot of hate(even from Walt Disney himself!) for some reason which I'd love to find out, especially when there are far worse Silly Symphonies out there(El Terrible Toreador for instance). Why did I love this cartoon? The animation is absolutely great, colourful and fluid throughout, with the standouts being how things turn to gold and the chilling part where Midas sees the skeleton through the mirror in his own robes, and complete with one of the catchiest beginning songs of any Silly Symphony the music is energetic and really sets the tone of the story well. The jokes are very clever, and while it is a tad predictable once Goldie offers Midas the golden touch the story is crisply paced and charming with a great message about how self-destructive greed is, though I have always wondered what happened to the cat once he's turned to gold. What is remarkable about The Golden Touch, other than the sprightly character of Goldie was the portrayal of Midas, who is so much more than the one-dimensional figure he could've been, instead he is greedy, but also subtle, pretty likable and you do feel sorry for him at the end. All in all, not a masterpiece but a great cartoon. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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