Silly Symphonies by Burt Gillett, David Hand, Graham Heid, Jack Cutting |Burt Gillett, David Hand, Graham Heid, Jack Cutting | 786936158212 | DVD | Barnes & Noble
Silly Symphonies

Silly Symphonies

Director: Burt Gillett, David Hand, Graham Heid, Jack Cutting

Cast: Burt Gillett, David Hand, Graham Heid, Jack Cutting

     
 
While his cartoons starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck were more popular, Walt Disney's series of musically themed shorts, the Silly Symphonies, ranked with his finest work, and were often used as a training ground for gifted animators and as a place to test new techniques, including Technicolor (1932's Flowers and Trees was the first full-color

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While his cartoons starring Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck were more popular, Walt Disney's series of musically themed shorts, the Silly Symphonies, ranked with his finest work, and were often used as a training ground for gifted animators and as a place to test new techniques, including Technicolor (1932's Flowers and Trees was the first full-color animated film) and Disney's innovative multi-plane animation camera (used for the first time on The Old Mill in 1937). This special two-DVD collection brings together 41 rare Disney shorts produced between 1931 and 1939, including Skeleton Dance, The Band Concert, The Three Little Pigs, and The Ugly Duckling. The set also features a still gallery and a bonus pair of featurettes in which Leonard Maltin discusses the Silly Symphonies with composer Richard Sherman and archivist Dave Smith. This limited-edition set was issued with special numbered packaging and housed in a metal collector's presentation case.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Not for animation buffs alone, this indispensable DVD-only two-disc set collects 36 gorgeous cartoons that hinted at the wonders to come in Disney's animated features. Created between 1928 and 1939, the "Silly Symphonies" were driven by the music rather than the characters. From the eerie "Skeleton Dance" to the Oscar-winning "Old Mill," the adorable critters ("The Three Little Pigs"), fairy-tale characters ("The Ugly Duckling"), and anthropomorphized "Flowers and Trees" on display will especially enchant young viewers. They truly do not make them like this anymore. Film historian Leonard Maltin appears on both discs to introduce his favorite 'toons and illustrates how they were a training ground for animators and a dry run for the revolutionary techniques and equipment that made Disney cartoons the envy of other studios. Click around Disc 1's menu screens to discover hidden cartoons with Walt Disney's original TV intros. Baby-boomer parents will also get a nostalgic kick out of these "Walt Disney Treasures" sets: "Mickey Mouse in Color," "Disneyland USA," and "Davy Crockett: The Complete Televised Series."

Product Details

Release Date:
12/04/2001
UPC:
0786936158212
Original Release:
1935
Rating:
NR
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
5:05:00

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