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A Silly Symphony

Release Date : April 28, 1930

Running Time : 6:52

Synopsis

The appearance of a full moon over the old mill pond inspires much comic "bad singing" amongst the flora and fauna living there.

Credits

Director
Walt Disney
Animation
Les Clark
Jack King
Johnny Cannon
Tom Palmer
Norm Ferguson
Wilfred Jackson
Dave Hand
Backgrounds
Carlos Manriquez
Emil Flohri
Music
Bert Lewis

DVD

United States
Disney Treasures : More Silly Symphonies

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 55: Oooh! Scary!
The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 29: Goin' Outside with the Silly Symphonies
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 25
The Mickey Mouse Club : December 30, 1955

Technical Specification

Color Type: Black & White
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono : Cinephone
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Released by Columbia Pictures, Inc.

Comments

From Rod Bennett : I believe it's Walt himself, starring as the Moon, who butchers Strauss' "Beautiful Blue Danube" Waltz. (Can anyone else confirm?)
From Katie Salt : I am a big fan of the Disney shorts. I have several of the laserdiscs like "Mickey Mouse: The Black and White Years." My favorite shorts, however, are the Silly Symphonies. I am also a huge fan of classical music so watching this short was quite fun and I was sure to get it on tape.
From Jerry Edwards : Musical nighttime frolics of owls, fireflies, frogs, and other inhabitants of an old mill pond. The basic idea was later expanded into the classic cartoon The Old Mill (1937). One odd part of the cartoon is the singing moon, which only has one tooth. The voice sounds a bit like Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse voice of the time. The silliness of this moon animation scene just doesn't fit well with the rest of the cartoon. But still one of my favorite Silly Symphony cartoons.
From Ryan : I find this to be quite an enjoyable cartoon. It opens with a shot of a mill pond and cattails swaying in the gentle breeze to the tune of the "Blue Danube." As posted in previous comments, the moon's jolly facial expression does not fit in with the rest of the cartoon. I enjoy the animation and the background art of this cartoon. I also noticed that the frog looked similar to Flip the Frog, a character who would be created by Ub Iwerks that same year.

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