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Skeleton Frolics (1937)

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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29 January 1937 (USA)  »

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Ub Iwerks' Skeleton Frolics is a worthy successor to his earlier Skeleton Dance
1 November 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Having just seen Walt Disney's The Skeleton Dance on the Saturday Morning Blog as linked from YouTube, I used those same sources to watch a remake done in Technicolor for the Columbia cartoon unit and animated by the same man-Ub Iwerks. The colors, compared to the earlier black and white, are really used imaginatively here and many of the new gags-like when one of the skeletal band players hits a wrong note constantly or when one loses his head and takes another one's off or when one dances with the other with part of that other gone-are just as funny as the previous short. It does get a little repetitious near the end. Still, Skeleton Frolics is well worth seeing for any animation buff who wants to compare this with the earlier Silly Symphony.

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