25 Favourite Disney Shorts

by misspaddylee | created - 12 Mar 2011 | updated - 09 May 2012 | Public

I found it impossible to keep the list to my preferred "10" or even a slightly cheating "Baker's Dozen". Even at "25" it barely scratches the surface of entertaining and well-done cartoon shorts. When it comes to quality, nothing beats classic Disney.

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1. The Skeleton Dance (1929)

Approved | 6 min | Animation, Family, Short

The clock strikes midnight, the bats fly from the belfry, a dog howls at the full moon, and two black cats fight in the cemetery: a perfect time for four skeletons to come out and dance a bit.

Director: Walt Disney

Votes: 3,294

2. Santa's Workshop (1932)

7 min | Animation, Family, Short

Santa's little helpers must hurry to finish the toys before Christmas Day.

Director: Wilfred Jackson | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, Allan Watson

Votes: 1,167

3. Building a Building (1933)

Not Rated | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey Mouse operates a steam shovel; Pegleg Pete is his foreman; Minnie Mouse sells box lunches. Mickey must save the day when Pete makes advances to Minnie.

Director: David Hand | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner

Votes: 512

4. Three Little Pigs (1933)

Passed | 9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

When a hungry wolf starts blowing down some pigs' houses, they take refuge in their sensible brother's brick house.

Director: Burt Gillett | Stars: Billy Bletcher, Pinto Colvig, Dorothy Compton, Mary Moder

Votes: 3,988 | Gross: $0.25M

5. The Grasshopper and the Ants (1934)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Comedy, Animation

As in the classic fable, the grasshopper plays his fiddle and lives for the moment, while the industrious ants squirrel away massive amounts of food for the winter. With his song, he's able... See full summary »

Director: Wilfred Jackson | Star: Pinto Colvig

Votes: 1,023

6. The Tortoise and the Hare (1935)

Approved | 9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A Walt Disney Silly Symphony telling of the classic fable about a foot race between speedy Max Hare, aka The Blue Streak, and and Slow But Sure Toby Tortoise.

Director: Wilfred Jackson | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Eddie Holden, Ned Norton

Votes: 1,716

7. The Band Concert (1935)

9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey and his band are determined to perform their music despite the interferance of Donald Duck and a powerful storm.

Director: Wilfred Jackson | Star: Clarence Nash

Votes: 2,179

8. On Ice (1935)

8 min | Family, Comedy, Animation

Mickey shows off his ice-skating skills to Minnie; Goofy does some unconventional ice fishing; Donald straps skates to Pluto and laughs at his attempts to skate. Donald gets strapped to a ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner, Clarence Nash

Votes: 868

9. Music Land (1935)

Approved | 10 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The princess violin from the sleepy Land of Symphony is chased by a more lively alto saxophone from the Isle of Jazz. Soon the queen (a viola) discovers them and locks the sax in the metronome.

Director: Wilfred Jackson

Votes: 778

10. Thru the Mirror (1936)

Approved | 9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey has been reading Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There", and falls asleep. He finds himself on the other side of the mirror, where the furniture is ... See full summary »

Director: David Hand | Star: Walt Disney

Votes: 1,339

11. The Country Cousin (1936)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Comedy, Animation

Morty Citymouse invites his cousin Abner Countrymouse for a visit and shows him the ways of the big city, including traps, eating quietly, and busy traffic.

Director: Wilfred Jackson

Votes: 1,054

12. Woodland Café (1937)

7 min | Comedy, Animation, Family

Insects gather at a night café to watch an Apache dance act and a jazz band with comical results.

Director: Wilfred Jackson | Stars: Clarrie Collins, Jimmie Cushman, Marie Dickerson, C.B. Johnson

Votes: 361

13. Mickey's Amateurs (1937)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Animation, Short

Mickey hosts an amateur hour radio show. Among the acts: Donald forgetting the words to "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"; Clara Cluck singing and chasing the microphone; and Goofy with an ... See full summary »

Directors: Pinto Colvig, Erdman Penner, Walt Pfeiffer | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, Florence Gill, Clarence Nash

Votes: 391

14. Clock Cleaners (1937)

Approved | 9 min | Family, Comedy, Animation

Mickey, Donald, and Goofy are cleaning a large clock. Among the complications: Mickey fights a sleeping stork that doesn't want to leave, Donald gets tangled up in the main-spring, and Goofy is inside the bell when the clock strikes four.

Director: Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, Clarence Nash

Votes: 1,588

15. The Old Mill (1937)

Approved | 9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

We see the various birds, mice, and bats that have moved into an old windmill, followed by the frogs, crickets, and fireflies making their music in an adjacent pond. Then a storm comes, ... See full summary »

Director: Wilfred Jackson | Stars: Marie Arbuckle, Jean MacMurray, Louise Myers, Clarence Nash

Votes: 2,824

16. Mickey's Trailer (1938)

8 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Mickey and his friends take a vacation in his house trailer equipped with all the latest modern conveniences. Heading up a steep mountain road with Goofy driving the car, surely nothing can go wrong.

Director: Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, Clarence Nash

Votes: 2,025

17. Brave Little Tailor (1938)

Approved | 9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

When a giant threatens the land, the city folk mistake Mickey's boast of killing seven flies with one blow to be giants. He is then forced to fight the giant for real.

Director: Bill Roberts | Stars: Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner, Eddie Holden

Votes: 1,953

18. Ferdinand the Bull (1938)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Little Ferdinand the bull is stung by a bumblebee when men come to pick a bull for a fight. When he gets in the arena, all he cares about are the flowers in the matador's hands.

Director: Dick Rickard | Stars: Don Wilson, Walt Disney, Milt Kahl

Votes: 1,879

19. Ugly Duckling (1939)

Approved | 9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A newborn cygnet searches for a family that will accept him.

Directors: Jack Cutting, Clyde Geronimi

Votes: 1,992

20. Mr. Duck Steps Out (1940)

TV-G | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Donald is headed for Daisy. However, his nephews are too.

Director: Jack King | Star: Clarence Nash

Votes: 568

21. The Little Whirlwind (1941)

8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey wants some of the cake Minnie has just baked, so he offers to clean up her yard. As he's working, a tiny tornado (smaller than him) with a mind of its own comes along and causes ... See full summary »

Director: Riley Thomson | Stars: Thelma Boardman, Walt Disney

Votes: 346

22. Symphony Hour (1942)

7 min | Animation, Family, Comedy

Mickey guest-directs a radio orchestra. The sponsor loves the rehearsal, but come the actual performance, Goofy drops all the instruments under an elevator, so they sound like toys. The sponsor hates it, but the audience loves it anyway.

Director: Riley Thomson | Stars: Billy Bletcher, Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney, Florence Gill

Votes: 478

23. Duck Pimples (1945)

8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Donald Duck becomes a suspect in a whodunit of his own imagination.

Director: Jack Kinney | Stars: Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher, Mary Lenahan, Clarence Nash

Votes: 361

24. Mickey and the Beanstalk (1947)

29 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Mickey, Donald, and Goofy live in a land where everything is dried up and dead. The only food they have is one loaf of bread, even Donald's plans of killing their cow fail. So Mickey ... See full summary »

Directors: Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts | Stars: Walt Disney, Clarence Nash, Pinto Colvig, Sterling Holloway

Votes: 2,595

25. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)

Approved | 34 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

In a small town, a brewing romantic rivalry with a local tough and a school-teacher culminates in a terrifying ride in the night.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney | Stars: Bing Crosby, Pinto Colvig, Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires, Clarence Nash

Votes: 3,186