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Flowers and Trees (1932)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 30 July 1932 (USA)
An evil tree stump, jealous of two trees in love, starts a forest fire.

Director:

Burt Gillett (uncredited)
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Won 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Uncredited cast:
Esther Campbell Esther Campbell ... (voice) (uncredited)
Marion Darlington Marion Darlington ... (voice) (uncredited)
Clarence Nash Clarence Nash ... Birds (uncredited)
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It's spring, and the flowers, mushrooms, and trees do their calisthentics. Some trees play a tune, using vines for harp strings and a chorus of robins. A nasty looking hollow tree does battle with a much healthier-looking tree for the attentions of a female tree, and starts a fire in the process. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Trivia

The first animated short in full color and the first one to win an Academy Award - Walt Disney's first of twenty-two. Also the first film (animated or otherwise) to use the three-strip Technicolor process. See more »

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Featured in The Best of Disney: 50 Years of Magic (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

William Tell Overture
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Composed by Gioachino Rossini
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Gotta love them mushrooms!
2 September 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is one of many so-called "Silly Symphonies" that Walt Disney Pictures made in the 30s and they were very, very popular. Given how much cartoons have changed, this film wouldn't play nearly as well today as it did then. Cartoons in the 30s tended to be rather schmaltzy and lacked the insane humor and pacing of classic cartoons of the 40s and 50s. Remember that at the time this film was made, Bugs Bunny, Tom & Jerry (the MGM ones--not the earlier series by the same name) and Tex Avery's shenanigans were still in the future. So, while audiences in later years might have been a bit put off by the style of film that FLOWERS AND TREES represent, in its time it was big...real big. Big enough to earn an Oscar as Best Animated Short.

The film consists of classical style music accompanying scenes of anthropomorphic (people-like) trees and flowers dancing, frolicking and eventually being attacked by the dreaded fire. As I said, most of it very sappy but I did like the adorable mushrooms (Disney seemed to have a knack for this--see FANTASIA for more great mushrooms). However, the artwork is tops for the time and it is diverting. It's also the first three-color Technicolor short to win the Oscar--but it's also very old fashioned and will probably bore many viewers.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Cinephone

Color:

Color (3-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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