Disney's Animated Classics

Silly Symphonies

In 1929, composer Carl Stalling suggested to Walt a series of animated films based on musical themes. This led to the Silly Symphony series, which featured a cast of different characters and allowed Walt and his animation artists to be creative and to experiment with the art of animation. For example, the Silly Symphony series produced the first Technicolor cartoon ("Flowers and Trees"), introduced the first use of the multiplane camera ("The Old Mill"), and allowed the detailed development of the personalities of animated characters ("The Three Little Pigs") -- advances that would serve Walt well for his later animated features. Between 1929 and 1939, a total of 75 Silly Symphony cartoons were produced.

[All photos copyrighted by the Walt Disney Company]

Movie Clip
1932: Scene from "Flowers and Trees"
Movie Clip
1933: Scene from "The Three Little Pigs"

  • The Skeleton Dance (08/22/1929)
  • El Terrible Toreador (09/__/1929)
  • Springtime (10/24/1929)
  • Hell's Bells (10/30/1929)
  • The Merry Dwarfs (12/16/1929)

  • Summer (01/16/1930)
  • Autumn (02/15/1930)
  • Cannibal Capers (03/20/1930)
  • Night (04/28/1930)
  • Frolicking Fish (06/21/1930)
  • Arctic Antics (06/27/1930)
  • Midnight in a Toyshop (08/16/1930)
  • Monkey Melodies (09/26/1930)
  • Winter (10/30/1930)
  • Playful Pen (12/27/1930)

  • Birds of a Feather (02/03/1931)
  • Mother Goose Melodies (04/16/1931)
  • The China Plate (05/23/1931)
  • The Busy Beavers (06/30/1931)
  • The Cat's Out (07/28/1931)
  • Egyptian Melodies (08/27/1931)
  • The Clock Store (09/28/1931)
  • The Spider and the Fly (10/23/1931)
  • The Fox Hunt (10/20/1931)
  • The Ugly Duckling (12/17/1931)

  • The Bird Store (01/16/1932)
  • The Bears and the Bees (07/09/1932)
  • Just Dogs (07/30/1932)
  • Flowers and Trees (07/30/1932) - First Technicolor cartoon
  • King Neptune (09/10/1932)
  • Bugs in Love (10/01/1932)
  • Babes in the Woods (11/19/1932)
  • Santa's Workshop (12/10/1932)

  • Birds in the Spring (03/11/1933)
  • Father Noah's Ark (04/08/1933)
  • The Three Little Pigs (05/27/1933)
  • Old King Cole (07/29/1933)
  • Lullaby Land (08/19/1933)
  • The Pied Piper (09/16/1933)
  • The Night Before Christmas (12/09/1933)

  • The China Shop (01/13/1934)
  • The Grasshopper and the Ants (02/10/1934)
  • Funny Little Bunnies (03/24/1934)
  • The Big Bad Wolf (04/14/1934)
  • The Wise Little Hen (06/09/1934) - Debut appearance of Donald Duck
  • The Flying Mouse (07/14/1934)
  • Peculiar Penguins (09/01/1934)
  • The Goddess of Spring (11/03/1934)

  • The Tortoise and the Hare (01/05/1935)
  • The Golden Touch (03/22/1935)
  • The Robber Kitten (04/20/1935)
  • Water Babies (05/11/1935)
  • The Cookie Carnival (05/25/1935)
  • Who Killed Cock Robin? (06/29/1935)
  • Music Land (10/05/1935)
  • Three Orphan Kittens (10/26/1935)
  • Cock o' the Walk (11/30/1935)
  • Broken Toys (12/14/1935)

  • Elmer Elephant (03/28/1936)
  • Three Little Wolves (04/14/1936)
  • Toby Tortoise Returns (08/22/1936)
  • Three Blind Mouseketeers (09/26/1936)
  • The Country Cousin (10/31/1936)
  • Mother Pluto (11/14/1936)
  • More Kittens (12/19/1936)

  • Woodland Caf‚ (03/13/1937)
  • Little Hiawatha (05/15/1937)
  • The Old Mill (11/05/1937) - First use of the multiplane camera

  • The Moth and the Flame (04/01/1938)
  • Wynken, Blynken, and Nod (05/27/1938)
  • Farmyard Symphony (10/14/1938)
  • Merbabies (12/09/1938)
  • Mother Goose Goes Hollywood (12/23/1938)

  • The Practical Pig (02/24/1939)
  • The Ugly Duckling (04/07/1939) - Remake of a 1931 cartoon

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