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Moth and the Flame (1938)

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A group of moths invades a costume shop through a badly plugged hole in a window and makes quick work of the contents. A male moth ignores his lady to chow down on a hat and she's soon ... See full summary »

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A group of moths invades a costume shop through a badly plugged hole in a window and makes quick work of the contents. A male moth ignores his lady to chow down on a hat and she's soon seduced by a candle flame, which rapidly spreads. He notices her trapped in a spider web with the fire attacking and makes some attempts to save her, but pours benzene on the fire by mistake. The rest of the moths are summoned, and they fight the fire with water-filled bagpipes, an air drop with a water-filled funnel, etc., while our hero works to free his lady from the spider web. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Most of the time, the flame is a caricature of a Latin lover. But for a few seconds at one time, it takes on the caricatured appearance of Walt Disney. See more »

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Great animation, music and characters make Moth and the Flame worth watching
24 July 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Moth and the Flame is not Disney at their best, the story is rather thin in structure and some of the gags are on the predictable side. But oddly enough Moth and the Flame is still worth watching. The animation is outstanding, really one of Disney's best looking shorts with very richly coloured backgrounds and splendid fire and lightning effects. I don't know about anybody else but I also liked how the character designs reminded me of Fleischer. There are some clever visual ideas such as the moth eating his hat like a turkey. Only the Scottish mannequin design came across as goofy to me. The music is beautiful, with energy and an ability to enhance the action, the girl moth dancing near the flame was a definite highlight. The characters are just as great, both moths are instantly appealing, the girl moth is very pretty especially, but it was the flame personification that was the most well-done, amazingly realistic it was. All in all, well worth watching but not one of the all-time greats to me. 7.5/10 Bethany Cox


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