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The three sleepy children sail in their shoe-boat; they stall briefly on a cloud, then have various troubles with their fishing lines (one lands a fish-like star that ends up squirming in his pants). A star hooks two candy-cane baited lines together. The stars tease the baby while he's hanging overboard. A comet comes through; they catch it in a net and it tows them wildly, until they land in another cloud, where they are tossed by storms, eventually breaking their mast and sending them back to earth (and their bed, where we see they are really one boy). Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Classic Poem Comes Alive - Disney Style
24 August 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A Walt Disney SILLY SYMPHONY Cartoon Short.

Three tiny boys, WYNKEN, BLYNKEN & NOD, set sail in a wooden shoe, off on a river of crystal light, into a sea of dew. They attempt to catch the little star fish swarming in the sky and encounter both a comet & a blustery storm before returning home.

This cartoon, based on the classic Eugene Field poem, is a real dazzler. Disney made lavish use of its new multi-plane camera, which gave scenes of astonishing depth & beauty - most particularly to the opening sequence. Extremely expensive & complicated to use, Disney would subsequently use the camera primarily for the animation features. Notice also the colorful effects of the comet's passage.

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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