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Playful Pan

A Silly Symphony

Release Date : December 27, 1930

Running Time : 6:56

Synopsis

The God Pan flits through the fields, coaxing music and dance out of the flora and fauna, who cooperate well. Maybe too well when a dancing thundercloud bumps together, producing a lightning strike that threatens to burn everything down. Fortunately, Pan's musical charms are able to lure the flames into a nearby pond where they are safely extinguished.

Characters

Pan

Credits

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

Video

United States
Cartoon Classics : First Series : Volume 13 : Fanciful Fables

Laserdiscs

Cartoon Classics : Fanciful Fables

DVD

Disney Treasures : More Silly Symphonies
France
Peter Pan

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 13: Silly Symphonies Get Wet
The Mickey Mouse Club : November 18, 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 Jerry Edwards : One of my favorite Silly Symphony cartoons. Excellent descriptions are already listed, so I won't repeat a description here. The scene in which the animals swim to the safety of a tiny island is similar to the later scene in the 1942 Bambi. A bear cub fleeing the flames looks and sounds almost exactly like Mickey Mouse. This is one of 47 shorts that Disney colorized. Although I don't care for colorization, the color did add a great deal to this short, especially during the fire scenes.
From Per Nilsson : This is one of the better shorts of early silly symphonies. This cartoon has at least some sort of plot, not only dancing rhythmically to music.

At first you think this will be another boring affair like Springtime, but then it betters itself. I like the bellydancing worm, and how the lightning strikes the tree. (It cuts like a saw slicing the tree in half) I don't remember seeing that joke reused later on. Otherwise you have to say it's rather similar to Flowers and Trees. Or the other way around since this cartoon came before Flowers and Trees.