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Hell's Bells (1929)

The demons of hell play music for Satan, whose delight turns to wrath when an insubordinate refuses to become food for Cerberus.

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Ub Iwerks
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Satan and the demons gather for a wild party. After the demons play music, Satan has them "milk" burning flames out of a dragon cow and he drinks them. He then feeds one of his little demons to his three-headed hound Cerberus. The other one runs away and eventually kicks Satan off a cliff where he is consumed by flames. Written by Coolguy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sinos do Inferno See more »

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Mono (Powers Cinephone Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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Both the Slavic entity Chernabog & Belabog appear in hell, the latter being a later expanded character in Fantasia's Night on Bald Mountain. See more »

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Edited into The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story (1999) See more »

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Jingle Bells
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Written by James Pierpont
Incidental music
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Having a great time in Hell--wish you were here!
17 August 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

For anyone who thinks that films were very bland and avoided dark topics in the 'good old days', then try watching "Hell's Bells". I'll say it's a dark film! In fact, what can be darker than setting it in Hell! Yes, a children's cartoon in Hell--and many, many decades before the South Park movie!!

It's a cartoon from Disney marketed under the Silly Symphonies umbrella--a series of cartoons that featured lost of singing and dancing and not the familiar Disney characters like Mickey or Goofy. In this case, various demons and animals cavort about--having a pretty good time in jolly old Hell!

The cartoon is black & white (the norm for 1929) and has some very nice classical music. While audiences of today probably won't be bowled over by the film (aside from its locale), for the time it was quite the achievement. Worth seeing if you love old cartoons--for others it might be a bit of a chore.


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