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The Spider and the Fly

A Silly Symphony

Release Date : October 23, 1931

Running Time : 7:12

Synopsis

The loves of the common house fly are briefly explored before a villainous black spider wearing Mickey Mouse gloves makes his presence felt. Soon the swarm must unite in military fashion to drive the intruder out--all to the strains of the familiar "Light Cavalry Overture."

Credits

Director
Wilfred Jackson
Animation
Johnny Cannon
Les Clark
Rodolfo "Rudy" Zamora
Ben Sharpsteen
Harry Reeves
Bill Mason
George Grandpre
Jack Cutting
Dick Williams
Charles Hutchinson
Daniel Tattingham
Frank Tipper
Charlie Byrne
Charles Couch
Marvin Woodward
Joe D'Igalo
Hardie Gramatky
Dick Lundy
Albert Hurter
Backgrounds
Carlos Manriquez
Emil Flohri
Mique Nelson
Music
Frank Churchill
Bert Lewis

Video

United States
Cartoon Classics : First Series : Volume 14 : Animal Tales

Laserdiscs

Cartoon Classics : Animal Tales

DVD

Disney Treasures : More Silly Symphonies

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 38: Infested Silly Symphonies
The Mickey Mouse Club : February 22, 1956

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.

Comments

From Jerry Edwards : While Disney does its best to make the spider into a villain, it just doesn't work for me - since I HATE FLIES. The opening scene is nicely done, showing flies dancing around a kitchen, only the picture is flipped to show that they are really on the ceiling. A spider plays his web like a harp to catch a female fly in his web. The flies enlist horseflies to ride on and dragonflies as bombers to battle the spider. Centipedes are shown as the "track" of "army boot" tanks. After the flies set the spider web on fire, the spider is captured on fly paper. At the end of the battle, the boy fly saves the captured girl fly. This short was supposedly colorized but I've never seen the color version.

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