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The Goddess of Spring (1934)

The lovely goddess of spring Persephone is kidnapped by Hades, thus bringing about the winter season.

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Wilfred Jackson (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Kenny Baker ... Singing Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Diana Gaylen Diana Gaylen ... Goddess of Spring (voice) (uncredited)
Tudor Williams Tudor Williams ... Pluto (voice) (uncredited)
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The goddess is greeted by dancing flowers and fairies. The devil comes and takes her away to be his queen. She's despondent, as winter settles in above ground. But the devil isn't happy either, and offers anything to make her happy. They reach an agreement: she'll spend six months above ground and six below. Thus we have seasons. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Greek Myth See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film is based on the Greek legend of the abduction of Persephone. It was a major episode of Greek mythology and religion. See more »

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Featured in Disney Through the Decades (2001) See more »

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The One Not Chosen
12 November 2008 | by tedgSee all my reviews

There may be no better example of emergence of cinematic genius than to watch this and then see "Snow White."

This is a study in human modelling, in the context of dwarfs and nature. Its after the style of the Betty Boop work that controlled expectations on the animated screen with a little bit more grace. But it still features thin figures with cartoon movements rather than human ones. It was done as a test for Snow White.

Almost nothing here was used in that later project and its a good thing. There is nothing attractive about it at all.

But I can still see a serious attempt at finding that vocabulary of movements that seems human but isn't, looks natural and warm but is abstract and seems to capture a version of womanhood without referencing sex. Its only hinted here and perfected in a way later. I'm not at all sure if we can know whether in Snow White Walt and company touched something we knew, or whether he created something that we grew into with our ideals and imagination. I believe it is the latter, which makes this experiment more interesting.

Suppose he would have stuck with what he had here. Would we have grown around it and adapted a wholly different vision of innocent perfection?

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


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