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The Old Mill Pond (1936)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Music | 7 March 1936 (USA)
The fish and frogs gather at the old mill pond to hear a jazz concert. Performers include caricatures of Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, and tap dancer Bill Robinson ("Bojangles").

Director:

Hugh Harman (uncredited)

Writer:

Norm Blackburn
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Norm Blackburn Norm Blackburn ... Various (uncredited)
The Four Blackbirds The Four Blackbirds ... Vocalists (uncredited)
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Storyline

The fish and frogs gather at the old mill pond to hear a jazz concert. Performers include caricatures of Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, and tap dancer Bill Robinson ("Bojangles"). Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Plot Keywords:

pond | jazz | frog | tap dancing | See All (4) »

Genres:

Animation | Short | Music

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, 'Bill "Bojangles' Robinson', Louis Armstrong, Stepin Fetchit, Ethel Waters and The Mills Brothers are caricatured. See more »

Alternate Versions

Re-released in abbreviated form by Soundies Distributing Corporation on March 2, 1942 under the title "Hot Frogs." See more »

Soundtracks

Jungle Rhythm
(uncredited)
Written by William Hanna
Performed by Ethel Waters caricature
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Excellent Harman and Ising cartoon
19 February 2005 | by karrouselponySee all my reviews

Harman and Isings 'Old Mill Pond' is a true masterpiece of the art of animation. The consummate skill and artistry that characterise this duos work is nowhere more in evidence than in this cartoon. It is a shame that so many people can see only offence in what is, and was always intended to be, a light hearted piece of entertainment that in no way sought to denigrate black people. If anything it is a tribute to the infectious humour and musicality of the black race. I have not been able to view this confection for many years as the 'race commissars' in England have deemed it too offensive to be shown in multi racial Britain. If anyone knows where I can obtain a copy I would dearly love to view this masterpiece again. I think those who routinely look for messages and intent that were never intended in these cartoons, which are, after all, sixty years old, should try to lighten up and remember that the world is a very different place today, but that does not mean that anyone has the right to censor what is viewable from the past.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hot Frogs See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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