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Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies: A Companion to the Classic Cartoon Series
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But....Anyone who is expecting an entertaining book with many nice pictures from the Silly Symphony cartoons will probably be disappointed. While some images from each cartoon are included, the choice of illustrations for inclusion in this otherwise exemplary book is markedly uninspired. For the most part the illustrations are scans from the actual cartoon footage, but in a single instance (More Kittens), original story drawings are used instead.Read more ›
This groundbreaking history sets out the importance of the Silly Symphonies as a laboratory of Disney's art. Usually this is seen in terms of technical achievement-- from the revolutionary marriage of animation and music in the charmingly crude Skeleton Dance, to the introduction of Technicolor in Flowers and Trees, to the sleek use of the multiplane camera for 3-D effects in The Old Mill. But the authors also make the case that it was crucial in the development of Disney's almost preternatural understanding of child psychology; long before Bambi struck toddlers with all the force of King Lear, shorts such as The Flying Mouse and The Ugly Duckling had already mined that territory.
A lengthy essay on the history and importance of the series is followed by an amazing film-by-film history which serves as a perfect companion for adults watching the series today; and the text is liberally illustrated with stills, posters, production drawings and more. This is likely stand for all time as the definitive work on one of the most important, yet neglected, series of films in cinema-- not just animation-- history.