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Birds of a Feather (1931)

Swans swim by; a peacock displays its plumage in glorious black-and-white while a passing duck jeers; assorted songbirds chirp; a woodpecker chases a caterpillar; a chorus of owls croons. A... See full summary »

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Florence Gill ... Mother Hen (uncredited)
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Swans swim by; a peacock displays its plumage in glorious black-and-white while a passing duck jeers; assorted songbirds chirp; a woodpecker chases a caterpillar; a chorus of owls croons. A chicken goes after worms while ignoring her brood until a hawk circles. When the hawk captures one chick, the crows form an attack squadron. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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hawk | worm | woodpecker | swan | peacock | See All (39) »


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10 February 1931 (USA)  »

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Silly Symphony: Birds of a Feather  »

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The first time Florence Gill portrayed a chicken in a Walt Disney cartoon. She would go on to play Clara Cluck in several Mickey Mouse shorts. See more »

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Featured in The Mickey Mouse Club: Episode #1.55 (1955) See more »

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Love the animation and music, but the rest of the cartoon is nothing all that special
27 May 2012 | by See all my reviews

I do enjoy the Silly Symphonies, having grown up with most of them, and I even would call some of them masterpieces. Birds of a Feather is not one of the masterpieces to me, but it isn't a piece of whatever either. For the first half of the cartoon the action is cute yet uneventful. The second half picks up the pace, and while not exceptional by all means there is signs of a story. I did like that in a sense, but in terms of the cartoon itself it was rather uneven, Birds of a Feather preferably should've been plot less the whole time or had a story throughout, two halves that had one or the other didn't completely mix for me. Some of the sequences of the first half are also rather slow-moving and basically just birds dancing and chirping to the music. However, the music is truly lovely, the birds are cute and the dancing while not much standout-worthy is well-choreographed. But the best asset was the animation, fluid and smooth with some very well done sequences, such as the opening part with the swans on the lake, the- different-bird-on-every-limb sequence, the birds flying in formation and dive bombing the hawk, how the peacock displays its feathers and the sophisticated idea of a group of baby chicks weave in and out of the mother hen's legs. Overall, nothing really special, but the animation and music are worth looking out for. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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