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To Spring (1936)

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Dwarfs greet the coming of spring by manufacturing various bright colours.


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A tone poem on the changing of the seasons. The melting ice turns a clock that awakens a small gnome who sings a song ("Time for Spring") and wakes up many other gnomes. They set to work mining a wide assortment of colors which get crushed and boiled and ultimately sent to the surface in a complex system of pipes. The trees and flowers start to come to life, but old man winter has a storm still up his sleeve. His actions cause chaos underground; the gnomes redouble their efforts. Finally, with the help of one late arrival, they beat back winter. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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Release Date:

4 June 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Auf den Frühling!  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Putting Color Back Into The Landscape
23 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am sure this looked awesome to audiences back in 1936. They had seen color cartoons before but probably not anything this colorful. I had read where the visuals were fantastic in here but, after viewing hundreds of animated short features in the last year, I didn't find this extraordinary and I love great visuals.

Basically, it's just a bunch of little gnomes who live underground and sleep all winter. When spring arrives, it's their job to pump color into the landscape, so for most of this 9-minute cartoon we see them working feverishly to produce to the color. Meanwhile, "Ole Man Winter" gives it one last gasp to keep things dreary. At least that was my "take" on that segment. Living where I do, I've seen that happen many springs. Winter, sometimes, does not leave without a few last reminders.

After reading those glowing reports, maybe I expected more. The story was boring and seemed to go on way too long.

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