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Wynken, Blynken and Nod

A Silly Symphony

Release Date : May 27, 1938

Running Time : 8:52

Synopsis

An elaborate dream fantasy based on the popular children's poem as three children play and float among the stars.

Characters

Wynken
Blynken
Nod

Credits

Director
Graham Heid
Asst. Director
Jack Atwood
Animation
Art Palmer
Izzy Klein
George Rowley
Stan Quackenbush
Bob Wickersham
Dick Heumer
Ugo D'Orsi
Backgrounds
Mique Nelson
Layout
John Walbridge
Zachary Schwartz
Story
George Stallings
Bill Cottrell
Joe Grant
Music
Leigh Harline
Character Design
Charlie Thorson
Voices
Devona Doxie

Source

Based on the story "Wynken, Blynken and Nod"

Video

United States
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions II : The Disney Dream Factory : 1933-1938
Germany
Die Schönsten Weihnachtsgeschichten von Walt Disney
Die Schönsten Weihnachtsgeschichten von Walt Disney
Micky und Pluto Feiern Weihnachten
Italy
Le Fiabe Volume 2 : Il Brutto Anatraccolo e Altre Storie
L'Asinello
Silly Symphonies Volume 1

Laserdiscs

United States
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions II : The Disney Dream Factory : 1933-1938
Japan
Merry Christmas

DVD

United States
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
Germany
Zauberhafte Marchenwelt 2
Micky's Lustiger Adventskalender Verschworung der Superschurken
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
France
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
Italy
Walt Disney Le Fiabe 3
3 … 2 … 1 … E Natale
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
Sweden
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
United Kingdom
Countdown to Christmas
Walt Disney's Fables : Volume 2
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 33: In the Nursery with the Silly Symphonies
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 65
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 42
Walt Disney Presents: More About Silly Symphonies

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 RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.

Comments

From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project : The Silly Symphonies in 1938 are kind of a double-edged sword for Walt Disney and his studio. Although they are great vehicles for trying new things, and for the most part are artistic achievements, they are also more and more expensive to produce. It was almost a given that these shorts would not make their money back, but were instead trial balloons for feature films.

Wynken, Blynken and Nod is a good example of this. The artistry in this short cannot be denied. The main characters are great designs, and the amazing shots of the three of them sailing through the skies in their shoe-boat are breathtaking. The effects of the stars, the clouds and pixie dust flying all around them are fantastic.

But, there’s no real story or emphasis in the short. It harkens back to older Silly Symphonies in that it’s a loose collection of gags with no dialogue, although the music here is not as prevalent as before. The gags are good, but not enough to make for a truly memorable short.

To start with, the three characters don’t have much going for them beyond their designs. Although the animators do a great job of having them emote when in various situations, that’s the extent of their appeal. Wynken, Blynken and Nod don’t have real personalities or anything that makes the viewer latch on to them.

The gags, as mentioned, are not bad. But they’re not great, either. Coming right after something like Mickey’s Trailer, with such inventive and relatable gags, seeing these three fish for stars is cute, but that’s about it. I understand that the point of this short is much like other Silly Symphonies (Funny Little Bunnies, for example), to be an exploration of a world, not a story. But, it just seems to fall flat for me.

My favorite parts of this short were the scenes of the boys sailing through the air in their dream boat. As I said before, the interactions of the boat and the clouds, the sparkle the boat gives off, and the feeling of pure fantasy it all gives off is fantastic work.

But for the most part, the short is merely the boys being silly, not knowing what they are doing to each other, and fishing for stars. It all looks wonderful, but I can see where audiences might have tired of this type of short compared to the wonderful Mickey or Donald shorts they had seen so recently. My guess would be they didn’t, but I did.


From Jeff Overturf : This short always conveyed to me, visually the same feelings my mother had around small children.

The tone and mood of this short, the lilting lullaby and the safety the boys feel in their crib even as their flying shoe bobs through the stratosphere send a real note through me.

And you're right...it's just dang pretty to look at!


From Mac : I prefer Mickey, Donald and Goofy too, but I'm glad Disney also tried out different things too. There's a lot to like about this short, but I have to admit it's a bit cutesy for me, not in a way that makes me feel sick (like Water Babies) I just find it a little boring.

There's some wonderful use of colors in this this. In fact color wise, it's one of my favorites. Disney has come a long way in presenting cute things since water Babies. Unlike in the previous short which used realistic baby proportions, combined with flat colors and the limitations of the artists, the designs of Wynken, Blynken and Nod caricature the features that makes babies cute with round, animatable forms. Instead of being limited to one gross flat skin color, the designs are broken up by the clothing, plus there's a bunch of special effects and techniques so their cheeks remain nice and rosy there faces are lit up by any comets that might go sailing by. It's still cute and kitsch for me, but at least I don't find it ugly .


From Rod Bennett : Often sited as the high-water mark of the Silly Symphony series, this one also illustrates why the series had to end soon: there was simply no way to pay for this level of quality in a mere short subject. By this time, Walt was consciously using the Symphonies as his testing ground for feature techniques - and writing the losses off to R and D.
From Quemielle DuChesne : Allowing the memories of television and movies flow through my mind, this is one of those that left a lasting effect upon me. It is beautiful and comforting to the small child.
From Jerry Edwards : While I find this cartoon rather boring, the animation and special effects are spectacular. As with Little Hiawatha, Disney gets rather tiresomely cute with the pajamas bottoms continually falling down and mooning the audience.
From Diann : A beautifully animated film. I wondered where I had seen the sparkles that the boat makes through the sky until I had seen the same sparkles in the Pacific Ocean. Once in a great while, plankton will give off a sparkle when they are disturbed. I saw that effect once. Waves crashed to the shore in Santa Monica in pink and green and our boat's wake sparkled like magic. No doubt the animators had seen this effect. I was disappointed at the ending to find out the three babies were in reality one baby.
From Liberty : I have seen this many times in my lifetime and since this was one of my favorite bedtime 'stories I have to say this holds a special place in this 'Boomers' heart. The animation is perfect for the poem and can only induce a sweet journey for the mind whether you are young or old. Of course the DVD was a must have as soon as it was released. We love all Silly Symphonies.
From Martie : I love this one. It is adorable and sweet and has a magical ambience about it. I love the song too. I also think the pajama rear coming unbuttoned is too cute!
From Sonia : Classic! One of the best, cutest shorts!
From Baruch Weiss : I myself am not too big a fan of the Silly Symphonies, but I like some of them including this one as it was very cute. Especially at the end where we find out that it is one baby only all along who was dreaming. Then, he turns over and his rear end shows!
From Kyle Peters : Sorry to say this Disney, but I think you could have done better with this short. The paintings are nice, but you overdid the "you know what" showing. But it's still good.

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