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The Standard Parade (1939)

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A live action black-and-white prolog tells the story of how Walt Disney came to Hollywood with $300, was rejected by all the major studios, but went on to tremendous success, many awards, ... See full summary »

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A live action black-and-white prolog tells the story of how Walt Disney came to Hollywood with $300, was rejected by all the major studios, but went on to tremendous success, many awards, and a thriving studio. Titles then ask what this means to the Standard Oil Salesman, and a parade of Disney characters gives us the answer, featuring Mickey as drum major, Minnie carrying a banner, and the 7 Dwarfs carrying the letters "STANDARD" (Dopey gets stuck with the last two): Apparently the various ads for Standard will be featuring Disney characters in the coming year. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Nothing all that special but has its interest value
18 November 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Standard Parade is never going to be one of my favourite Disney shorts. While not unexpected, it is very light in story and structurally thin. For those more familiar with razor sharp pacing and laugh-a-minute gags, look elsewhere, there is not much that is funny here and the pace lacks energy I feel, then again in all fairness The Standard Parade is not that kind of short. Toby the Tortoise is a pleasure to see, Disney's Tortoise and the Hare is one of their shorts I have a lot of fondness for, though he is coloured in an unusually brown colour, which may strike people as odd. The animation is great though, very colourful and bouncy and it was interesting to see Mickey and Minnie leading the parade in their new look. The music is largely re-used but is orchestrated beautifully and has much character. The Standard Parade does convey a message and does so in a manner that doesn't come across as preachy, but it was the Disney characters that were the main interest and this is not just Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy and Pluto but also The Seven Dwarfs, The Three Pigs, Big Bad Wolf and Toby Tortoise and they are all fun to watch. Overall, not a favourite but interesting at least. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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