Flowers, insects, and a crow family all dance to a jaunty tune celebrating spring. After a brief storm, grasshoppers, frogs, and spiders cavort to the Dance of the Hours.

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Flowers, insects, and a crow family all dance to a jaunty tune celebrating spring. After a brief storm, grasshoppers, frogs, and spiders cavort to the Dance of the Hours.

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Disney's Salute To The Seasons, Opus One
22 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

A Walt Disney SILLY SYMPHONY Cartoon Short.

It is SPRINGTIME at the marsh, and the joy of the season is causing the various birds & bugs to dance about rapturously and eat each other up...

This black & white cartoon is basically an exercise in action/reaction animation. The Disney artists seem to have an unending supply of posterior gags, often rather vulgar. The tuneful soundtrack with its familiar themes pushes the action along - most notably Ponchielli's `Dance of the Hours,' which would be showcased to great effect eleven years later in the Studio's FANTASIA.

The SILLY SYMPHONIES, which Walt Disney produced for a ten year period beginning in 1929, are among the most interesting of series in the field of animation. Unlike the Mickey Mouse cartoons in which action was paramount, with the Symphonies the action was made to fit the music. There was little plot in the early Symphonies, which featured lively inanimate objects and anthropomorphic plants & animals, all moving frantically to the soundtrack. Gradually, however, the Symphonies became the school where Walt's animators learned to work with color and began to experiment with plot, characterization & photographic special effects. The pages of Fable & Fairy Tale, Myth & Mother Goose were all mined to provide story lines and even Hollywood's musicals & celebrities were effectively spoofed. It was from this rich soil that Disney's feature-length animation was to spring. In 1939, with SNOW WHITE successfully behind him and PINOCCHIO & FANTASIA on the near horizon, Walt phased out the SILLY SYMPHONIES; they had run their course & served their purpose.


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