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The Pied Piper

A Silly Symphony

Release Date : September 16, 1933

Running Time : 7:32

Synopsis

Based on the classic tale of a mysterious piper who rids a town of its rat infestation with his music. When the townsfolk refuse to pay the piper his fee, he lures all the town's children away to a magical land in the same manner.

Characters

Pied Piper
Mayor of Hamelin

Credits

Director
Wilfred Jackson
Animation
Ben Sharpsteen
Joe D'Igalo
Archie Robin
Marvin Woodward
Ugo D'Orsi
Hardie Gramatky
Cy Young
Dick Williams
Paul Allen
Ed Love
Layout
Ferdinand Horvath
Story
Webb Smith
Ted Sears
Music
Leigh Harline

Source

Based on the story "The Pied Piper of Hamelin"

Cut Scenes

A musical introduction with the lyrics "Rats, rats, rats... they chased the dogs and killed the cats" was cut at one time, but has since been reinstated.

Video

United States
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions II : The Disney Dream Factory : 1933-1938
France
Contes et Legendes de Jiminy Cricket
Italy
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions II : La Fabbrica dei Sogni

Laserdiscs

United States
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions II : The Disney Dream Factory : 1933-1938
Japan
The Tortoise and the Hare

DVD

United States
Walt Disney Animation Collection : Volume 3 : The Prince and the Pauper
Timeless Tales Volume 1
Disney Treasures : More Silly Symphonies
Germany
Zauberhafte Marchenwelt 4
Italy
Walt Disney Le Fiabe 2
United Kingdom
Walt Disney's Fables : Volume 4

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 7: Storybook Silly Symphonies
The Mickey Mouse Club : December 26, 1955
The Mickey Mouse Club : February 14, 1957

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 : This short is well done and nicely animated. But I've never cared much for the original Pied Piper story.
From Bryan Hensley : This Silly Symphony was a great one. I have 2 slightly different versions of The Pied Piper on Disney DVD; Disney's Timeless Tales Volume 1 and volume 3 of Disney's Animation Collection. Even though both discs have an unrestored cut of this short, I've noticed something funny between them. The Timeless Tales version had the short with enhanced music (It sounded crystal clear to my ears!), and the new Animation Collection version had the whole short with its original soundtrack. As in, no enhanced music. That's no real biggie to me, it's still a classic story nonetheless! If any of you have both of these discs at once, or the Disney Treasures tin it was in for you collectors, just listen and you'll see what I mean. Something similar happened in Father Noah's Ark in 1933 as well; on VHS and on TV years ago.

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