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The Golden Touch (1935)

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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The elf Goldie of the film plays the role the god Dionysus had in the original legend. See more »

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Midas cape apparently does not turn into gold. 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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Disney Ventures Into The Land of Greek Mythology
29 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

A Walt Disney SILLY SYMPHONY Cartoon Short.

Jolly monarch King Midas is gold mad and nothing seems to satisfy his avarice. Then one day a strange little elf grants him THE GOLDEN TOUCH...

An enjoyable retelling of the tale from Greek Mythology, competently animated.

The SILLY SYMPHONIES, which Walt Disney produced for a ten year period beginning in 1929, are among the most interesting of series in the field of animation. Unlike the Mickey Mouse cartoons in which action was paramount, with the Symphonies the action was made to fit the music. There was little plot in the early Symphonies, which featured lively inanimate objects and anthropomorphic plants & animals, all moving frantically to the soundtrack. Gradually, however, the Symphonies became the school where Walt's animators learned to work with color and began to experiment with plot, characterization & photographic special effects. The pages of Fable & Fairy Tale, Myth & Mother Goose were all mined to provide story lines and even Hollywood's musicals & celebrities were effectively spoofed. It was from this rich soil that Disney's feature-length animation was to spring. In 1939, with SNOW WHITE successfully behind him and PINOCCHIO & FANTASIA on the near horizon, Walt phased out the SILLY SYMPHONIES; they had run their course & served their purpose.


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