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Skeleton Frolics (1937)

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Ub Iwerks dusts off the skeletons from his early-Disney days and puts them to work at Columbia...in a graveyard replete with eerie owls and surrealistic bats, skeletons begin to rise from their graves and form a loosely-jointed band.

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In the middle of the night, a tiptoeing tree knocks on a gravestone and wakes up three skeletons. A yowling black cat frightens them. The skeletons retaliate by throwing their skulls at the animal and breaking it into several smaller cats. It's time for the skeletons to frolic. They form an orchestra and play music. They dance. But they don't always get along. One skeleton loses its skull and makes several efforts to steal another skull from his fellow. Another pair enjoys dancing together, but one of them can't seem to remain intact. At five AM, a crowing rooster alerts the skeletons to the hour. In a panic they all rush back into their graves. Written by J. Spurlin

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Ghost behind the Ghosts
8 November 2005 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

Walt Disney had vision and a grand horizon, but no one ever credited him with genius in the drawing and animation department. His early successes were due to this guy. Ub Iwerks. His 1929 "Skeleton Dance" was probably the first great animated film — clever in so many ways.

Creative differences drove him away from Disney where he had his own shop for a while. But lacking the promotion skills of Disney, he floundered. Eventually he was to come back to Disney, Inc.

But in the last throes of his independence, he remade "Skeleton Dance" in color and with some new effects he had invented. You need to see the two together, especially if you are a student of special effects in films.

This seemed a bit sad: it referenced a work of art so original for its time it seemed pale by comparison and taking into account all the progress made since by others.

Yet, it is nice and clever and important.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


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