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Skeleton Frolics (1937)

Approved  |   |  Animation, Short, Horror  |  29 January 1937 (USA)
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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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30 October 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Skeleton Frolics (1937)

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Columbia's Technicolor remake of Disney's The Skeleton Dance once against has Iwerks directing. This time out a group of skeletons come back to life just in time to do some dancing and scaring. While this isn't as fun as the original film it's still worth watching for several reasons. The biggest reason is the use of Technicolor, which really makes the skeletons jump off the screen. Iwerks uses the color to his benefit to make for some great visuals including his use of the orange colors. There are some very funny scenes including one, borrowed from the original film, where the skeletons come across a black cat. What happens is slightly different in this version but it still works well.


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