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Birds in the Spring

A Silly Symphony

Release Date : March 11, 1933

Running Time : 7:15

Synopsis

Three newborn birds herald the arrival of spring in a lively pastoral.

Characters

Otto, the Baby Bird

Credits

Director
Dave Hand
Animation
Johnny Cannon
Les Clark
Frenchy de Tremaudan
Norm Ferguson
Gerry "Clyde" Geronomi
Jack King
Ben Sharpsteen
Ed Love
Harry Reeves
Dick Williams
Nick George
Charles Couch
Joe D'Igalo
Jack Kinney
Art Babbitt
Marvin Woodward
Paul Fennell
Hardie Gramatky
Cy Young
Story
Webb Smith
Ted Sears
Music
Bert Lewis
Frank Churchill
Voices
Marion Darlington
Purv Pullen

Video

United States
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions I : Silly Symphonies
Germany
Walt Disneys Musikhitparade
France
Silly Symphonies Volume 2
Italy
Silly Symphonies
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions I : Silly Symphonies

CED

United States
Limited Gold Editions - Silly Symphonies

Laserdiscs

Japan
Silly Symphonies : Limited Gold Editions

DVD

United States
Disney Treasures : More Silly Symphonies

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 58: Silly Symphonies Go To the Birds
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 65
The Mickey Mouse Club : February 10, 1956

Technical Specification

Color Type: Technicolor
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 United Artists Pictures

Comments

From Jerry Edwards : A baby bird, Otto, has several adventures when he runs away from home. He escapes a hypnotic rattlesnake and runs into trouble with a hornet's nest. Rescued by his father and taken home, he is given a spanking. One of the few Silly Symphony shorts I don't care for. It just doesn't have a Disney "look" or "feel" to it for me. It comes across as a short that could easily have been done by some other animation company. My feeling for this short is that it was mainly done to practice the use of different colors - the birds, trees and flowers display a wide variety of color.
From Kyle Peters : A funny cartoon. I like the part where the snake chases him. I would never see anything (underline "anything") like that today. That is pure 1930's humor, all right!
From Chris Perdue : This is one of my favorite Silly Symphonies of all time. It seems that most people wouldn't agree with me, but I think it is very well done. I love everything about it from the colors to the story about the little bird who goes out to explore the world and gets into all kinds of trouble. This is another one of those shorts that my sister and I used to watch together all the time on the Silly Symphonies Limited Gold Edition. We never owned it, but we rented it often. I think that my sister could relate to the little bird because she was always, and still is now that she is grown, a curious type.
From Richard Sutor, Ph. D. : It's almost as if with the addition of color and the release of Flowers and Trees the Silly Symphony series has been reborn. While the initial entries (mostly) stayed true to the concept of presenting animated actions timed to musical works, the emphasis now seems to be on testing story telling techniques. Notice the credits are now beginning to credit people in a story department. So far we've seen King Neptune, a modified Hansel and Gretel, and Santa all presented using various story telling methods. It's hard to know what was going on in the mind of Walt Disney and just when he made the decision to push his people to expand their talents so they could produce a feature length story but the Silly Symphony series seems like the testing ground where story telling techniques are being tested and refined in a series free of the need to use a star character and work in all of the star's expected routines. While many of these cartoons are one shots, many of them had an audience impact that caused viewers to remember these cartoons fondly. The endearing antics of these birds is a prime example.
From Jonathan Lhota : I remember seeing this on the Disney's Sing-Along Songs video: "Fun with Music (Volume 5)" Using the song "Let's sing like the birds sing." And I thought it was from this cartoon. But it wasn't. The song was from The Enchanted Tiki Room Attraction at Walt Disney World Resort.