The emperor's musicians play their instruments (and a stray cat) while the ladies of the court dance. Meanwhile, the children fish and play. But soon, the children anger the emperor, who ... See full summary »
An extremely large Old King Cole sings his story. His "fiddlers three" turn out to be the Three Blind Mice. And his book is Mother Goose, which illustrates Little Miss Muffett, Jack and ... See full summary »
Two Dutch children stumble on a clearing in the woods where gnomes are going about their business. The gnomes are friendly to the children. A witch comes and takes them away on her broom to... See full summary »
A kitchen is filled with houseflies. A spider wakes up and plays his web like a harp, attracting a pair of them; the female is trapped, and the male summons the cavalry, which arrives ... See full summary »
The mythological satyr plays some tunes on his pipes and gets various flora and fauna dancing to them. Two clouds also dance; they bump into each other, causing lightning strikes that start... See full summary »
As with "Birds of a Feather", another black and white 1931 Silly Symphony, this short mainly features beavers going about their daily business building a dam, moving and working to the beat and rhythm of the music. The beavers themselves are kinda cute and look like distant cousins of early Mickey.
It's an animation showcase that is still mildly impressive, but mostly forgettable as the primitive nature neuters its lasting appeal. I understand that these type of shorts were animated by very small amount of people, sometimes just a crew of two, and that they were pioneers of sorts, but that doesn't make the actual content a classic. The flood animation looks good however.
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