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Walt Disney's Silly symphonies : a companion to the Classic cartoon series
Merritt, Russell.
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Gemona (Udine), Italy : La cineteca del Friuli, [2006]

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xiii, 256 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
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Launched by Walt Disney in 1929 as a "musical novelty" series to complement his recent success with Mickey Mouse, the Silly Symphonies soon became much more. This line of delightfully innovative, animated cartoons ran for ten years and produced such classics as Three Little Pigs , The Tortoise and the Hare, Music Land, and The Old Mill. Silly Symphonies won every Academy Award presented to animation shorts throughout the 1930s.From the authors of the prize-winning Walt in Wonderland: The Silent Films of Walt Disney , this richly illustrated volume is a complete history of the Silly Symphonies including detailed entries for all the Symphonies along with a lengthy critical analysis and production history of the series.

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Often slighted in the cartoon literature, the Silly Symphonies garnered every Academy Award given for animated shorts during their ten-year run in the 1930s. This volume begins to remedy this oversight with a well-researched and well-written 48-page history of the series, which was produced at Columbia, United Artists, and RKO; a filmography of the 76 cartoons, complete with an introduction, full credits (even negative costs and release dates in different cities), synopses, and illustrations; and six appendixes that deal with three Silly Symphonies similes, 35 unfinished Symphonies, Sunday newspaper comics pages from 1932 to 1942, a Silly Symphonies discography, Silly Symphonies books, and pages from Good Housekeeping magazine announcing Disney cartoons. Merritt and Kaufman took great pains to obtain accurate information and authentic illustrations, the latter taken directly from the films in most cases. They benefited immensely from close ties with Disney personnel, access to the usually closed Disney archives, interviews they conducted with now-deceased Disney artists, and Kaufman's position as historian of the Walt Disney Film Foundation. The text is concise yet full, interweaving Disney-style techniques with plot synopses and sociocultural interpretations. This is a valuable tool for anyone interested in animation and its history. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers, all levels. J. A. Lent Temple University