In the spring of 1933, Walt Disney released what unexpectedly became one of his studio's biggest hits, Three Little Pigs. The short cartoon, and the original song it contained, Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?, became smash hits. The story of these pigs literally keeping the wolf away from their door and their defiant song connected with … Continue reading Pigs in a Parody.
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One of my favorite rides at Disneyland (rode it twice when I was there in 2014), as well the last one that Walt Disney personally supervised before his death. http://www.ocregister.com/2017/03/17/50-years-ago-saturday-pirates-of-the-caribbean-opened-at-disneyland/
Day 29: It's been a while since we've had any Mickey Mouse cartoons in the lineup, so here's one of his most eerie adventures. "The Mad Doctor", originally released on January 21, 1933, features Mickey fighting his way through a haunted castle in order to rescue Pluto from the clutches of a mad scientist bent … Continue reading “The Mad Doctor” (1933)
Day 8: Another Walt Disney "Silly Symphony". This time its a trip deep into a haunted Egyptian tomb in "Egyptian Melodies", originally released on August 27, 1931. Although the art style is much the same as the 1929 cartoons, the studio is clearly also experimenting with some more advanced animation in this one, particularly of … Continue reading “Egyptian Melodies” (1931)
Day 6: Today, a Disney cartoon set in the bowels of Hell. "Hell's Bells" was originally released on October 30, 1929, just in time for Halloween (and also the day after the stock market crash of 1929). Ub Iwerks directed this one and his influence is pretty clear, both in the drawing style and the … Continue reading “Hell’s Bells” (1929)
Day 2: Today's cartoon is another Disney film, "The Haunted House", originally released on December 2, 1929 and featuring Disney's then-new character Mickey Mouse, who had just debuted the previous year. Note that some of the animation of the skeletons is reused from the earlier "Skeleton Dance". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ildDDKtv34
It's October, and I've decided to mark the 31 days leading to Halloween with 31 spooky 1920s and 1930s cartoons. These won't necessarily be in chronological order or from any one studio, but are all from 1929-1934, when there seemed to be an inordinate amount of macabre cartoons. To begin, here's one of the most … Continue reading “The Skeleton Dance” (1929)