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Balloon Land (1935)

The inhabitants, including the trees and rocks, of Balloon Land are made entirely of balloons. They come under attack from the evil Pincushion Man. With the help of a quickly inflated army, they manage to fend off the attack.

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Billy Bletcher ...
Pincushion Man (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

High in the air floats Balloon Land, where everyone and everything is a balloon. The people, the animals, the trees and even the rocks are filled with nothing but air. Even the movie stars, such as Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy, are balloons. The citizens of Balloon Land have but one mortal enemy: the Pincushion Man, who lives in the forest. A foolhardy young boy takes his girlfriend into the forest, determined to show he's not afraid of the Pincushion Man. The boy and girl are nearly popped when the evil creature comes after them. They manage to escape into the seeming safety of the city. But the wily Pincushion Man tricks a guard into letting him in. It will take an army of Balloon soldiers to get rid of this threat. Written by J. Spurlin

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30 September 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Pincushion Man  »

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Trivia

Included as a bonus feature on some DVDs of The Red Balloon (1956). See more »

Quotes

Doorman: What are you going to give me?
Pincushion Man: This!
[pulls out a pin]
Doorman: Oh n -
[is stabbed by the Pincushion Man]
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Featured in Star Spangled to Death (2004) See more »

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Buffoon
(uncredited)
Written by Zez Confrey
Performed by Nathaniel Shilkret
Heard in first minute of cartoon short
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Visually impressive, with excellent voice work by Billy Bletcher.
28 October 2003 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This is a visually impressive cartoon, which should be expected from an Iwerks cartoon. As plots go, this was actually a pretty intricate one for the Iwerks studio, with a great villain voiced by a Disney regular, Billy Bletcher, who did Pegleg Pete, among others. The funniest bit for me was the town's "alarm" system. The Pincushion Man is really the most interesting character in the short, but it does offer some entertaining moments and is genuinely tense and frightening in spots. Iwerks deserves more notice and credit for what he had a responsibility for at Disney. His stint running his own studio wasn't as successful as he would have hoped, but he did produce (with an incredibly talented team, as a glance at the names of his employees will attest) some very good shorts. Balloon Land is one of the best that the Iwerks Studio created. Well worth watching. Recommended.


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