All Together

A Wartime Short

Release Date : January 13, 1942

Running Time : 2:58

Synopsis

Mickey conducts an orchestra in reused animation from "Mickey's Grand Opera" in this quick publicity film.

Characters

Mickey Mouse
Clarabelle Cow
Horace Horsecollar
Three Little Pigs
Donald Duck
Figaro

Credits

DVD

United States
Disney Treasures : On the Front Lines

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 56: Wartime Disney

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

Comments

  • Made for the National Film Board of Canada in an effort to promote the sale of Canadian War Bonds.

From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project : 1942 continues in a similar way to how 1941 ended – with a focus on World War II. All Together is the final entry in the contract with Canada, which saw Disney agreeing to produce shorts for the government to encourage the purchase of war savings certificates. In the first three shorts, as in this one, we saw sequences from earlier Disney films being reused for this purpose.

The other Canadian war shorts saw the Three Little Pigs and the Seven Dwarfs as the main characters, but this time, it’s more of a parade of characters, from both the shorts and the films. Still, the animation is reused. The opening shot is interesting, because it shows the Canadian government building, but after that, is merely a background.

There is a large variety of animation used here, and a similar number of characters. The first people in the parade are the characters from Pinocchio, including the puppet himself, Geppetto and Figaro. These are not new work, though, as it seems they are just taken from the celebration scene at the end of the movie.

From there, we see Donald and his nephews marching along from their scene in Good Scouts. The big highlight, though, is animation from Mickey in The Band Concert, as we see Mickey and his band playing on a float in this parade. It’s clearly the reused animation, but still a great sight to see.

This short is very reminiscent of Parade of the Award Nominees, the short that was created to highlight the Academy Award Nominees. It’s just a simple parade across the screen before the war savings bond message. As such, it’s probably the least effective of the Canadian shorts, because the messages are not spoken or illustrated, just carried on banners by the parading characters. However, Disney would soon get more entrenched in the war effort, and we will see better shorts to come.


From Jerry Edwards : This fourth, and last, Canadian bond film, contains animation from a variety of sources, of which I've identified The Band Concert and Mickey's Amateurs. In addition to the characters you list, Pinocchio, Geppetto, Donald's nephews, Pluto, Goofy and the Seven Dwarfs also appear. I need to rewatch the cartoon, because I don't remember the 3 Little Pigs being in this short. The building that they parade in front of is the Canadian Parliament Building. Not that much entertainment value, but it is mainly a "Public Service" short.
From Ryan : Here we have the main Disney characters from the shorts plus the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio and Gepetto. I enjoyed this cartoon historicalwise seeing as there really is no entertainment value in it.
From Baruch Weiss : Of all the 4 films Walt Disney Made for the NFBOC (National Film Board of Canada) this one was the best, it had Figaro, Geppetto and Pinocchio and all of the Disney Characters in recycled form from past shorts.

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