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To Spring (1936)

Approved  |   |  Animation, Musical, Short  |  4 June 1936 (USA)
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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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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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This is the directorial debut of animator William Hanna. See more »


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Non più andrai
from "The Marriage of Figaro"
composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Colourful and Dull
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This Harmon & Ising Happy Harmony cartoon gave MGM the opportunity to make use of the Technicolor process that, until recently, had been monopolised by Disney, so it is full of deep, rich colours. The film tells a fanciful tale that would soon be considered outdated with the arrival of the likes of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. Winter is losing its grip on the land, signalling a gang of wizened, bearded elves living underground to start preparing the colours that will transform the countryside from a chilly white blanket to a rich canvas of colour. It's a quality little film, obviously made with great care – but it can't stand up to the likes of Foghorn and Yosemite…

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