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Toby Tortoise Returns

A Silly Symphony

Release Date : August 22, 1936

Running Time : 7:27


A return bout between Max Hare and Toby Tortoise, this time mis-matched in the boxing ring.


Three Little Pigs
Max Hare
Toby Tortoise
Jenny Wren
Dirty Bill
Donald Duck
Big Bad Wolf
Cuckoo (unnamed)
Elmer Elephant


Wilfred Jackson
Asst. Director
Graham Heid
Milt Kahl
Ward Kimball
Izzy Klein
Dick Lundy
Rollin "Ham" Hamilton
Marvin Woodward
Bob Stokes
Dick Heumer
Jack Hannah
Frank Oreb
George Rowley
John Dunn
Bill Cottrell
Joe Grant
Bob Kuwahara
Ward Kimball
Leigh Harline
Ned Norton
Eddie Holden
Martha Wentworth
Alice Ardell
Leone Ledoux
Marcellite Garner


Based on the story "The Hare and the Tortoise"

Cut Scenes

A scene where Toby imagines himself in a harem smoking a water pipe after being slugged has been cut out.


United States
Silly Symphonies
Verrückte Musikanten
Silly Symphonies Volume 1
Silly Symphonies Volume 2


United States
Silly Symphonies / Animals Two by Two
The Tortoise and the Hare
More Silly Symphonies


United States
Walt Disney Animation Collection : Volume 4 : The Tortoise and the Hare
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
Zauberhafte Marchenwelt 4
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
Walt Disney Le Fiabe 2
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
United Kingdom
Walt Disney's Fables : Volume 4
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies


The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 49: More Storybook Silly Symphonies
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 16
The Mickey Mouse Club : October 12, 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


From Rod Bennett : This sequel is interesting in it's own right, if only for the many amusing "cameo appearances" running throughout. Among them: the Mae West-like Jenny Wren (from Who Killed Cock Robin?), the Three Little Pigs manning the corners, the wisecracking ambulance driver from Pluto's Judgment Day, and three of the Funny Little Bunnies as Max Hare's "groupies." There's also a slow-talkin' referee who seems oddly prescient of Tex Avery's immortal Droopy Dog over at MGM!
From Patrick Malone : I don't think the three bunnies were meant to be from Funny Little Bunnies They were characters continued over from the original short, The Tortoise and the Hare.
From Jerry Edwards : I dislike boxing and films and shorts about boxing. However, I do enjoy the scene of the fireworks trick backfiring on Max Hare.
From Ryan : I remember when I watched this short as a kid, my sister and I used to laugh at the ostrich who kept spitting to get Max Hare's attention. I have not seen this short for quite some time. One part I liked was when Max Hare dumped fireworks into Toby Tortoise's shell. Needless to say, Toby Tortoise won the match after the doctor rabbits accidentally drove Max to the hospital.
From Andrew : The thing that has always struck me as odd about this cartoon is that the style of humor is very different. Rather than the traditional Disney style of humor, they seem to give the short a Warner Bros. stylistic approach for their jokes.
From Baruch Weiss : This short is okay, but not one of my favorites. I dislike boxing as well, but I enjoyed the part where Jenny Wren says "Aw how ya doin tubby wubby, I like a man that takes his time."
From Gijs Grob : One of the few sequels in Disney's pre-video era, Toby Tortoise Return features the two stars of The Tortoise and the Hare of 1935. This time Max Hare (who's still a bragging bully) and Toby Tortoise combat each other in a boxing match, which - of course - Toby eventually wins, albeit by means of Max's own trickery. Apart from Toby Tortoise and Max Hare there are many cameos of other Silly Symphony stars, among them the three little pigs, Dirty Bill (from The Robber Kitten), Jenny Wren and the Cuckoo from Who Killed Cock Robin? and, Elmer Elephant and Tilly Tiger (from Elmer Elephant), as if all Silly Symphonies were taking place in the same space and time. This makes Toby Tortoise Returns akin to the earlier 'Mickey's Polo Team' from the same year. The whole atmosphere is rather like that of a future Warner Brothers-cartoon, and one can sense the sheer joy the makers had in bringing all these characters together in a cartoon which sole reason of existence seems to be pure fun. Notice the black bunny and the black turtle that are Max's and Toby's helpers, respectively.

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