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The Old Mill (1937)

As a thunderstorm approaches, birds, mice and other creatures try to stay safe and dry in an old mill.


Wilfred Jackson (uncredited)
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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)


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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Animals try to stay safe and dry in an old mill.


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Did You Know?


The Old Mill is represented at Fantasyland at Disneyland Paris by a building resembling a Dutch windmill, which serves drinks and snacks. See more »


The reflection for the ducks is supposed to be down center of screen, like the windmill's reflection. Therefore, the ducks reflection is not missing, but off the screen, down and center. See more »


Featured in The Pixar Story (2007) 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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6 November 2015 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Wonderful Disney animated short that has a lot of significance, both artistically and from an animation history perspective. I just love this cartoon. The plot, such as it is, has various adorable animals living in an old windmill and dealing with a scary thunderstorm. It's so simple but so effective and just gorgeous to look at. The animation is sublime with beautifully drawn characters and backgrounds, rich colors, and some of the best use of lighting to create atmosphere you'll ever see in a cartoon. If you loved the spooky part of Snow White where she's running through the woods, you'll love this. This is Disney's first use of the multiplane camera, which creates a short of three-dimensional effect. It played a big role in the making of those early Disney feature-length classics we all know and love. The music in this is also very enchanting and perfectly matches the animation. This is truly a work of art. Lovely from start to finish. A real classic that everyone who loves vintage animation should see at least once.

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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 (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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