About the Encyclopedia
This site covers all of the short subjects Disney made between the years
1922 to the present. For each short, I'll be attempting to provide as wide
a base of information as possible, categorized as follows:
- Release Date
The date of the initial release. However, there are some caveats involved.
See here for a more complete explanation.
- Running Time
The length of the short, as close as we can get them from an uncut version,
from the beginning of the titles to the ending titles.
- Synopsis A short
synopsis of the plot.
- Characters list
of all the Disney characters featured.
- Credits List
of all the Disney artists involved. See here
for a complete explanation.
- Milestones Historical
importance (where relevant.)
- Awards Awards
won, or nominations for awards.
- Inside Jokes
Those little touches that the animators put in that they thought no
one else outside of Disney would get.
- Sources As with
the feature films, many of the Disney short subjects were adapted from
popular fairy tales and children's stories. This will link you to the
original sources for their story ideas.
- Bloopers It's
always difficult, given the unreality of animation in general, to define
what makes a blooper. For our purposes, we will consider them the little
continuity errors that somehow the artists didn't pick up on. For example,
Donald Duck getting blown up by an exploding cigar in one scene, and
then miraculously being okay in the next would not be a blooper. However,
Pegleg Pete's pegleg shifting from leg to leg would be.
- Cut Scenes Disney
has of late gotten very antsy about offending anyone or being accused
of contributing to bad behavior. So, the cartoon you see on The Disney
Channel nowadays may not be shown the same way it was originally produced.
Here will be a short description of scenes that were cut for current
- Videos Information
on videotapes that the short appeared on, both available and out-of-print.
- Laserdiscs Information
on laserdiscs that the short appeared on, both available and out-of-print.
- DVD Titles of
DVD releases, both available and out-of-print, foreign and domestic.
- Television Listings
of the various Disney shows that the shorts have appeared on (where
- Comments Personal
observations from anyone who cares to contribute and other notes.
Navigating the site is fairly easy. You can start with the first page
which starts all the way back at the beginning with the first Laugh-o-Grams
in 1922 and motor around the complete site by clicking on the "back" or
"next" buttons at the top or left of each page. If you're looking for a
specific short, they are all listed in the Index. And of course, if you
get lost along the way or want to see an overview of the complete site,
there is a "Site Map" key at the top or left of each page to re-orient yourself.
Feel free to contribute ... tell us about your favorite short, why it's
your favorite, any personal views you might have. Monograph length pieces
are acceptable. (For an example see my own entry on "The
Band Concert".) While I can't guarantee that all will get put up on
the site, I'd like to use as many as possible. The more the merrier!
Have fun! Please feel free to e-mail us with any question, comments,
contributions, corrections, or whatever.