Feb 15, 2011

Silly Symphonies

Starting in 1929, the Walt Disney Production Company began to experiment with the idea that an animation could be made based on musical scores. The first Silly Symphonies were composed by Carl Stalling. 'The Skeleton Dance' was the first of the animations, it involves a group of four skeleton's waking up one evening and dancing to the sound of there own bones and the wind blowing through the trees. Columbia Pictures picked up the series from 1930 to 1932. Later in 1933, Silly symphonies came out with 'Three Little Pigs', which went on to will an Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoon in 1934. In 1937, the short 'The Old Mill' was released. The short was based around a musical score by Leigh Harline, and the animation was about animals that live in an old abandoned mill. One evening a strong storm. This animation was the test animation for the multiplane used on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. 'The Old Mill' also won the Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoon in 1937. It was parodied in an episode The Simpsons. In the episode, Homer tries to win a rubber duck race by cheating. Homer's duck ends up going through a windmill that is very similar to Disney's.


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