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Midnight in a Toyshop

A Silly Symphony

Release Date : July 3, 1930

Running Time : 7:32

Synopsis

A spider seeks shelter inside an old toy store, where he soon discovers that the merchandise comes to life after dark.

Credits

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

Milestones

A doll portrayed as a black stereotype saying "Mammy" was cut from this short. It has been restored for the recent (2006) DVD release "More Silly Symphonies."

DVD

United States
Disney Treasures : More Silly Symphonies

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 18: A Bunch of Silly Symphonies
The Mickey Mouse Club : December 21, 1955
The Mickey Mouse Club : December 19, 1956

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 : This is (I believe) the first use of the much-remade "inanimate objects come to life after dark" plotline. Every cartoon-maker in Hollywood (including Disney) will re-use this gimmick dozens of times before the decade is over.
From Jerry Edwards : A spider enters a toy shop to escape from a winter storm and is scared by various toys. The tiny spider beats a hasty retreat when some firecrackers are accidentally ignited by a lighted candle. Contains a "usually censored" scene in which a black doll, shown in "typical" black stereotype clothes and hair style, crys "Mammy" after white, blond-haired dolls cry "Mama." A good, enjoyable cartoon.

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