Spring is coming, but Old Man Winter isn't ready to retire for the year.

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The sun gathers its strength to shine bright and melt the ice of Winter so that Spring may begin. However, Old Man Winter is unwilling to go quietly. He tricks the groundhog into believing that he has seen his shadow so that Winter can be prolonged. The other creatures of the forest ban together to ward off Old Man Winter, with fauns and centaurs leading the battle. Written by Melissa

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15 June 1935 (USA)  »

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In the Good Ol' Summertime  »

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Excellent short, just beautiful and it has a (gasp!) PLOT!!!
25 November 2003 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

Alright, so it isn't a terribly complex plot-but it is more of a plot than Iwerks usually had for its cartoons. This one features the same Old Man Winter as did the short Jack Frost, another cartoon from the same studio. Backgrounds and animation are incredible, but then those always tended to be hallmarks of the studio. They'd be more notable in their absence. Plots were not so frequent in appearance-Ub Iwerks didn't have much interest in anything that didn't require animation by way of a pencil or paint. Which was unfortunate, because that was a major reason why the shorts weren't more popular with audiences. Incidentally, Iwerks did a series of thematically similar shorts for Disney in the early 1930s as part of the Silly Symphonies on each of the four seasons, as well as one entitled Night. This series has five of the most beautifully animated shorts I've ever seen. I wish they were in print, but the Iwerks studio short is on DVD. Well worth getting. Highly recommended.


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