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The Old Mill (1937)

We see the various birds, mice, and bats that have moved into an old windmill, followed by the frogs, crickets, and fireflies making their music in an adjacent pond. Then a storm comes, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Marie Arbuckle ...
Singer (voice) (uncredited)
Jean MacMurray ...
Crickets (voice) (uncredited)
Louise Myers ...
Birds (voice) (uncredited)
Clarence Nash ...
Frogs (voice) (uncredited)
Marta Nielsen ...
Singer (voice) (uncredited)
Jerry Philipps ...
Singer (voice) (uncredited)
Barbara Whitson ...
Singer (voice) (uncredited)
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We see the various birds, mice, and bats that have moved into an old windmill, followed by the frogs, crickets, and fireflies making their music in an adjacent pond. Then a storm comes, shaking loose parts in the mill and threatening everything we've seen. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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5 November 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El viejo molino  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In his introduction to this animated short on TCM's "Treasures From the Disney Vault" on October 28, 2015, film historian Leonard Maltin referred to this as a "mood piece." Indeed, it is, but one doesn't recall there being a category for such within IMDb's corpus. See more »

Goofs

In the opening shot the mill is reflected on the pond. The ducks swimming in the pond, however, have no reflection. See more »


Soundtracks

One Day When We Were Young
by Johann Strauss
Played by orchestra and hummed by chorus in several places throughout the cartoon
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Beautiful, perfection in every meaning of the word
15 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

I can't praise this beautiful masterpiece of a cartoon enough. The animation is absolutely stunning, and the storm effects were excellent, certainly give Snow White and Fantasia a run for their money. I didn't find the Old Mill dull in any way, it was beautiful and just perfect. Another special mention has to go to the music, its lyricality somehow reminded me of the countryside on a beautiful summer's day, and the animals the swallows especially were a delight. They never spoke, but were beautifully incorporated into the story, and there was a lot of genuine fright when the storm started. Who wouldn't be frightened, it was a truly wonderful moment.

Overall, just beautiful, I can't find another word to describe how good it really was. I will admit I forgot I was watching a eight minute or so cartoon, and insisted I was watching a work of art. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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