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Little Hiawatha (1937)

The "fearless warrior" of the poem is a very small child whose pants keep falling down. He tries to shoot a grasshopper with his arrow, but the grasshopper spits in his eye. He tries to ... See full summary »

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David Hand (uncredited)

Writer:

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (based on story)
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Credited cast:
Sally Noble Sally Noble ... Singer (voice)
Mary Rosetti Mary Rosetti ... Singer (voice)
Millie Walters Millie Walters ... Singer (voice)
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The "fearless warrior" of the poem is a very small child whose pants keep falling down. He tries to shoot a grasshopper with his arrow, but the grasshopper spits in his eye. He tries to shoot a bunny rabbit, but the rabbit is too cute and pathetic. He tracks a bear, and runs after its cub and right into the mother. But the rest of the animals, thankful for him saving the rabbit, come to his rescue. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Disney Illustrates An American Legend
11 October 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A Walt Disney SILLY SYMPHONY Cartoon Short.

LITTLE HIAWATHA pilots his canoe into the wilderness in search of big game. He finds more than he bargained for when he awakens the ire of a fierce mother bear...

A colorful cartoon, with very good animation, but an absolute travesty of anything to do with Longfellow's classic poem. The Disney animators seem to think having the tyke's breeches constantly falling off is very funny. It's not.

The SILLY SYMPHONIES, which Walt Disney produced for a ten year period beginning in 1929, are among the most fascinating of all animated series. Unlike the Mickey Mouse cartoons in which action was paramount, with the Symphonies the action was made to fit the music. There was little plot in the early Symphonies, which featured lively inanimate objects and anthropomorphic plants & animals, all moving frantically to the soundtrack. Gradually, however, the Symphonies became the school where Walt's animators learned to work with color and began to experiment with plot, characterization & photographic special effects. The pages of Fable & Fairy Tale, Myth & Mother Goose were all mined to provide story lines and even Hollywood's musicals & celebrities were effectively spoofed. It was from this rich soil that Disney's feature-length animation was to spring. In 1939, with SNOW WHITE successfully behind him and PINOCCHIO & FANTASIA on the near horizon, Walt phased out the SILLY SYMPHONIES; they had run their course & served their purpose.


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