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The Old Mill (1937)

A variety of animals find a shelter in the old mill during a fierce storm.

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Wilfred Jackson (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Marie Arbuckle Marie Arbuckle ... Singer (voice) (uncredited)
Jean MacMurray Jean MacMurray ... Crickets (voice) (uncredited)
Louise Myers Louise Myers ... Birds (voice) (uncredited)
Clarence Nash Clarence Nash ... Frogs (voice) (uncredited)
Marta Nielsen Marta Nielsen ... Singer (voice) (uncredited)
Jerry Philipps Jerry Philipps ... Singer (voice) (uncredited)
Barbara Whitson Barbara Whitson ... Singer (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

We see the various birds, mice, and bats that have moved into an old windmill, followed by the frogs, crickets, and fireflies making their music in an adjacent pond. Then a storm comes, shaking loose parts in the mill and threatening everything we've seen. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

5 November 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El viejo molino See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film introduced Disney's technical innovation, the multiplane camera. See more »

Goofs

The cog where the bird has her nest normally has a shaft and raised hub. When the rope breaks and the cog starts to spin, the shaft and hub are gone. They reappear in the next shot, but the shaft-less cog is seen in some shots soon after. See more »

Connections

Featured in DTV: Golden Oldies (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

One Day When We Were Young
by Johann Strauss
Played by orchestra and hummed by chorus in several places throughout the cartoon
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Excellent Visuals
2 November 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Old Mill (1937)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Excellent Silly Symphonies short from Disney takes place at the title location. We see an old mill and then we witness several animals take shelter there just as a major storm starts to blow in.

If you're looking for some sort of plot or character driven story then you're going to be disappointed. This really reminded me of what Disney would do a few years later in FANTASIA as this here is really all about the visuals and the score that goes with it. The images are certainly quite beautiful and it's easy to see something like this and realize why Disney really did change animation and especially when you compare this to other bits of animation from this period. The colors of the creatures make them come to life and the storm itself just has so much detail that you can just feel the wind blowing on your neck. Certainly one of the studios best works.


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