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The Old Mill (1937)

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


Wilfred Jackson (uncredited)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »




Uncredited cast:
Elvia Allman ... Birds / Singer (uncredited)
Marie Arbuckle Marie Arbuckle ... Singer (voice) (uncredited)
Beatrice Hagen Beatrice Hagen ... Singer (uncredited)
Jean MacMurray Jean MacMurray ... Crickets (voice) (uncredited)
Mary Moder Mary Moder ... Singer (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)
Purv Pullen Purv Pullen ... Owls / Bats / Mice (uncredited)
Barbara Whitson Barbara Whitson ... Singer (voice) (uncredited)
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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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One of 5 Disney shorts to have an 8,0 rating on IMDB, the other being The Band Concert, Mickey's Trailer, Donald's Snowfight and Paperman. See more »


In the opening shot the mill is reflected on the pond. The ducks swimming in the pond, however, have no reflection. See more »


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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Great Piece of Disney Art
18 January 2004 | by travisimoSee all my reviews

The Old Mill is one of the most beautiful pieces of animation I have ever seen. This comment is even more remarkable considering that The Old Mill was made back in 1937. I especially liked the plethora of colors used in this short. The most striking animated sequence occurs when the thunderstorm hits and almost devastates the mill and its animal inhabitants. Even the animals are realistically drawn well, something sort of rare for a cartoon at that time.

The Old Mill even evokes emotion, which is saying quite a bit because not a word is spoken. I thought the frogs' song was hilarious, and I actually felt concern for the mama bird when the giant gear inside the mill could have crushed her. This is just an extraordinary, subtle piece of art from Disney.

My IMDb Rating: 10/10

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Release Date:

5 November 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El viejo molino See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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