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Woodland Café (1937)

Insects gather at a night café to watch an Apache dance act and a jazz band with comical results.

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Clarrie Collins ...
Singer (voice) (uncredited)
Jimmie Cushman ...
Singer (voice) (uncredited)
Marie Dickerson ...
Singer (voice) (uncredited)
C.B. Johnson ...
Singer (voice) (uncredited)
James Miller ...
Singer (voice) (uncredited)
Thelma Porter ...
Singer (voice) (uncredited)
Eddie Prinz ...
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A nightclub, staffed and frequented entirely by insects. Lighting provided by fireflies, card games dealt by centipedes. The stage show has a good girl beetle resisting the advances of a bad-boy spider. Everyone dances, even the snails, as the orchestra plays jazz on their instruments made of flowers. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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13 March 1937 (USA)  »

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Bug Cabaret  »

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Featured in DTV: Pop & Rock (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Truckin'
Music by Rube Bloom
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
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Walt Disney's Delightful Big Band Satire
20 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

A Walt Disney SILLY SYMPHONY Cartoon Short.

This cartoon portrays a typical evening at the WOODLAND CAFÉ, that popular insect hot spot. A wide assortment of ugly bugs are kept entertained by apache dancers (a spider & a fly) and dancing to Big Band music.

A delightful little cartoon. The Disney animators show their versatility once again in their depiction of all things buggy. The film is also a spoof of Swing in general & Cab Calloway in particular.

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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