Silly Symphonies

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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 ...
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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.
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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."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/4/2001
  • UPC: 786936158212
  • Original Release: 1935
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English
  • Time: 5:05:00
  • Format: DVD

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Side #1 -- Disc No. 1
   Play Introduction
   Play Them All
   Fables and Fairy Tales
      The Tortoise and the Hare
      The Country Cousin
      Babes in the Woods
      Elmer Elephant
      The Flying Mouse
      The Golden Touch
      The Robber Kitten
      Lullaby Land
      Mother Goose Melodies
   Favorite Characters
      The Wise Little Hen
      Three Little Pigs
      The Big Bad Wolf
      Three Little Wolves
      Toby Tortoise Returns
   Leonard's Picks
      Three Little Pigs
      The Flying Mouse
      Whnken, Blynken, and Nod
      The Tortoise and the Hare
      The Grasshopper and the Ants
   Captions
      English for the Hearing Impaired
      Captions: None
      Bonus: The Practical Pig
Side #2 -- Disc No. 2
   Play the Introduction
   Play Them All
   Nature on Screen
      Mother Pluto
      Peculiar Penguins
      The Old Mill
      Funny Little Bunnies
      The Ugly Duckling (1939)
      Bonus: Behind the Scenes With Walt Disney
      The Ugly Duckling (1931)
      Father Noah's Ark
      Birds of a Feather
      The Busy Beavers
      Just Dogs
   Accent on Music
      Music Land
      The China Plate
      Egyptian Melodies
      Flowers and Trees
      The Cookie Carnival
      The Skeleton Dance
      Woodland Cafe
      Bonus: Farmyard Symphony
   Supplemental Features
      "The Song of the Silly Symphonies"
      "Silly Symphonies Souvenirs"
      Gallery
   Leonard's Picks
      The Ugly Duckling (1931)
      The Ugly Duckling (1939)
      Music Land
      Flowers and Trees
      The Skeleton Dance
   Captions
      English for the Hearing Impaired
      Captions: None
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