We here at Hyperion Papers would like to send a heartfelt thank you to all of the soldiers who are serving, have served or have fallen in service to the United States of America and elsewhere in the world on this Veteran’s/Remembrance Day. Continue reading
Category Archives: Disney Short Films
A few years ago, I endeavored to watch all of Walt Disney’s 75 Silly Symphonies cartoons in chronological order of release. It was a fun and enriching project for me, and I came out of it with several favorites. Among them was Funny Little Bunnies (1934). I thought watching it again today would be a great way to celebrate Easter.
This is a cartoon that inspires mixed reviews from animation fans. Some say that it’s saccharine and devoid of plot, while others say that it is, in fact, a very subtle political cartoon exploring Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs. Whether you think it’s either of those things, I hope you can delight in the animation and cartoon humor. I particularly love the patterned cans of paint.
In recognition of this most wonderful day of the year (aside from possibly July 17th) we thought we’d share some of our favorite holiday-themed Disney shorts.
Danny’s Pick: Donald’s Snow Fight (1942)
Danny says: I remember liking this one a lot when I was a kid. Donald and his nephews have an epic snowball fight for Christmas. Interestingly, although this short takes place at Christmastime and opens with Donald singing ‘Jingle Bells’, it was originally released in April of 1942. Although the film was released in the midst of WWII, the monumental battle fought evokes more of a Civil War feeling.
Melissa’s Pick: Lend a Paw (1941)
Melissa says: When Disney and his animators really began to hit their stride in the ’30s and early ’40s, they remade many of their earlier shorts. 1920s shorts featuring Alice or Oswald the Lucky Rabbit were re-written and animated to feature new stars like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. We’ll explore some of those remakes in-depth one day, but I’ve always thought that this one was notable because Lend a Paw is a remake of the 1933 short, Mickey’s Pal Pluto, which of course already starred Mickey and Pluto. The remake is special because of the dedication found on the opening title card: ‘This picture is dedicated to the Tailwagger Foundation in recognition of its work in lending a paw to man’s animal friends.’ It also took home the Oscar for best cartoon short subject that year. While this story doesn’t take place at Christmas specifically, its message of friendship and generosity and the wintry backdrop make it a Christmas cartoon in my eyes.
There are two new Mickey Mouse shorts online! First up, Pluto makes his all-too-brief debut in Dog Show.
There’s not a lot to say about Dog Show. Mickey and Pluto are training for a dog show, but Pluto is in a terrible accident. Goofy tries to stand in as his replacement, but plans go awry when Goofy interprets the shows events in unusual ways. Continue reading
We here at the Hyperion house love Halloween, and today we’re looking at one of my favorite spooky shorts: Trick or Treat (1952).
Trick or Treat has a great opening. The Donald Duck title cards get a festive makeover, and true to midcentury animation, a fun title song is included in the title sequence.
The latest modern Mickey Mouse short, Ghoul Friend, is a new Halloween-esque film.
The setup is classic: Mickey Mouse is driving through a dark, scary forest when his car breaks down. When he gets out of the car to investigate the source of its trouble, he comes across a hideous … Geef Monster? Continue reading