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The Busy Beavers

A Silly Symphony

Release Date : June 30, 1931

Running Time : 7:07


A cheerful tribe of musical beavers puts up an elaborate dam which, alas, is destined to be destroyed in a spectacular flood.


Wilfred Jackson
Johnny Cannon
Les Clark
Rodolfo "Rudy" Zamora
Frenchy de Tremaudan
Joe D'Igalo
Jack Cutting
Dick Lundy
Tom Palmer
George Lane
Charlie Byrne
Harry Reeves
Jack King
Charles Couch
Hardie Gramatky
Ben Sharpsteen
Marvin Woodward
Carlos Manriquez
Emil Flohri
Frank Churchill


United States
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
United Kingdom
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 53: Silly Symphonies at the Zoo
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 47
The Mickey Mouse Club : December 6, 1955

Technical Specification

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

Released by Columbia Pictures, Inc.


From Rod Bennett : The flood scene here really is very impressive for the time, prefiguring similar water effects in the later features "Pinocchio" and "Fantasia."
From Jerry Edwards : A group of beavers are shown using inventive ways of working to build a dam. When a storm causes a flood and the debris destroy the dam, a clever little beaver saves the day when he topples a large tree, which forms a new dam and blocks the flood. A short that doesn't have much to it as individual scenes, but a fun little cartoon as a whole. It helps that beavers are among my favorite animals. Disney's live action featurette Beaver Valley is among my favorite nature films.
From Kevin Whitmore : What a delightful production! The beavers are so cheerful and industrious - it is impossible not to love them. The music is engaging, even the disaster is cute!
From Gijs Grob : Quite an uninteresting cartoon about beavers. The film starts with rather dull gags of beavers building to music. Only after four minutes a "story" develops of a little beaver who saves the whole population from a terrible flood. The beavers completely lack personality and even the brashy little one fails to impress. One of the weaker Silly Symphonies.
From Fredrik J : I really like this one. The music is catchy and upbeat, the sound effects work with the music rather than disrupting it, the animation matches the music wonderfully, and the gags are both cute and funny. A perfect example of how to make a true "Silly Symphony" in every meaning of the word.

Story? We don't need no stinkin' story.

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