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Broken Toys

A Silly Symphony

Release Date : November 30, 1935

Running Time : 7:53

Synopsis

A discarded toy soldier tossed onto a junk pile rallies the spirits of his fellow cast-offs and founds an ersatz hospital to repair them.

Caricatures

Stephan Fetchit
W. C. Fields
Zasu Pitts
Ned Sparks

Credits

Director
Ben Sharpsteen
Asst. Director
Dick Williams
Roy Williams
Animation
John McManus
Dick Heumer
Art Babbitt
George Drake
Jim Algar
Grim Natwick
Bill Tytla
Johnny Cannon
Leonard Sebring
Bob Wickersham
Wolfgang Reitherman
Berny Wolf
Cy Young
Marvin Woodward
Layout
Ferdinand Horvath
Story
Otto Englander
Larry Morey
Pinto Colvig
Music
Albert Hay Malotte
Character Design
Joe Grant

Cut Scenes

Some short scenes featuring Chinese and black dolls have been cut.

Video

Germany
Verrückte Musikanten
France
Silly Symphonies Volume 1
Italy
Silly Symphonies Volume 2

Laserdiscs

Japan
More Silly Symphonies

DVD

United States
Disney Treasures : More Silly Symphonies

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 18: A Bunch of Silly Symphonies
The Mickey Mouse Club : December 20, 1955
The Mickey Mouse Club : December 18, 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 : Discarded toys at the city dump decide to repair themselves. A soldier doll, acting as a surgeon, restores the sight of a girl doll. At the end, the toys march to the orphanage to their new life as toys for the orphans. I enjoyed the imaginative ways the toys repair themselves. I enjoy the sentimentality of the short, even though overdone in spots. I have never seen the original color uncensored short. I have seen it uncensored in black and white.

The black and white copy I previously stated as complete was also censored. I recently received an uncensored copy - it contains some of the most serious black racial stereotype scenes that have appeared in Disney works. It contains about 1 1/2 minutes of Stepin Fetchit type scenes - a lazy, slow black male doll. It also contains a "Mammy" black female doll. The censored version comes across as a sweet, innocent film - the uncensored scenes turns this into a somewhat "mean spirited" cartoon (by today's standards.)


From Ryan : In the opening sequence of this short, we see a truck dumping discarded toys into the junkyard. Refusing to give up hope, the toy sailor proposes they fix each other up. A fat plush police officer gives an old rag doll a sawdust transfusion, a Stepin Fetchit marionette shines his head with shoe polish, and the sailor performs open surgery on the girl doll, giving her a new pair of eyes. While this short doesn't add too much interest for me, I really like the animation. I also enjoy the Stepin Fetchit marionette and the mammy rag doll.
From John Gough : I haven't seen this recently, but I have such vivid childhood memories (late 1950s, in Australia), when "Broken Toys" would appear in an episode of "The Mousketeers" that I feel the urge to add a comment. This was simply gorgeous. Apart from the fun of spot-the-actor (some non-Disney cartoons of the 1930s did this also -- surely because ADULTS also watched these cartoons in cinemas!), the story-line was beautiful. This is the sort of story Hans Christian Anderson would have written in a happy mood.