Disney Shorts 2

A few more successful shorts and a box-office flop.
May 06, 2010
Hello again RetroJunk! Some people wanted some more information about Disney shorts, so I wrote another Disney article, remember to rate appropriately and give feedback if you can.

The Opry House (March 20th, 1929)

Mickey doing his piano solo.

Just a quick mention, "The Opry House" was the first Mickey cartoon were he wears gloves, the short begins without him wearing any but when the show begins he is wearing them (presumably to make his hands easier to follow during his belly dance and piano solo). The plot is similar to "Orphan's Benefit" in the fact that it's just gag after gag of people trying to entertain an audience.

Flowers and Trees (July 30th, 1932)

Two trees getting married after stopping a potential forest fire.

I really should have included this in my first article considering what a milestone it is but anyway, this short is a milestone for being the first Disney short in colour (Technicolor). This time around the plot is of a rotten tree who wants to steal another trees girlfriend and when sent away he starts to make a fire, to kill the other tree, by rubbing a stick against a log and nearly sets fire to the forest but luckily the birds and flowers put out the fire before anyone gets hurt except the rotten tree who died in the fire.
The short ends on a happy note of the two trees getting married while the flowers dance around them.
Also I would like to add in this quote from Disney about this short:
"When I saw those three rich, true colors on one film, I wanted to shout." - Walt Disney

Orphan's Benefit (August 11th, 1934)

The orphans piling into the theatre.

The 1941 coloured remake.

This is the first Disney short to have all three of the "Disney Trio" and this is the first cartoon where Dippy Dawg is known as Goofy. The plot is simple yet satisfying, Mickey is running an orphan's benefit and some renown Disney characters set up a performance.
Even though Disney started using colour in Silly Symphonies before this short they didn't need to give Mickey colour since it sold well anyway which explains this being Black and White.
It can also be noted that this cartoon was remade cel-for-cel for re-release in August 22nd, 1941 with colour and some character models updated in fact it even re-uses the old soundtrack.

The Golden Touch (March 22nd, 1935)

King Midas realizes the Golden Touch isn't so great after all.

Walter Disney was starting to think his animators had lost it, he thought they couldn't tell a coherent story or bring their ideas to the screen. Walt hadn't directed a short since 1929 but that didn't stop him, he took his two best animators (Fred Moore and Norm Ferguson) and was determined to show the rest of his staff how it was done.

Long story short, it was a dismal failure, the film did poorly at the box-office and wasn't respected with the rest of the Disney staff. I think it's failure was brought on by having a lack of supporting characters (the King appears to be the only citizen in his entire kingdom besides a few animals) and the audience felt no happiness for the King once he gets his golden touch and no relief when he is freed from its curse.
Walt forbade his workers to even mention this short after it's failure and it's said that doing so was the easiest way to get his goat. After this short Walt never directed again.

Der Fuehrer's Face (January 1st, 1943)

Poor Donald is struggling with the harsh rations in his worst nightmare.

This is quite a controversial short (after World War Two, of course),and that's why it's on this list.
The plot is simple enough, Donald duck is awaken by a German "oom-pah" parade and Donald sets to work slaving under the name of Hitler and soon goes crazy after clocking too much time making bombs and saluting pictures of Hitler until he wakes up and realises it was a nightmare and kisses a mini-Statue of Liberty he has on his window.
Wondering what the "oom-pah" band were singing? Here you go:

When der Fuehrer says, "We ist der master race"
We HEIL! (phhht!) HEIL! (phhht!) Right in der Fuehrer's face
Not to love Der Fuehrer is a great disgrace
So we HEIL! (phhht!) HEIL! (phhht!) Right in der Fuehrer's face
When Herr Gobbels says, "We own der world und space"
We HEIL! (phhht!) HEIL! (phhht!) Right in Herr Goring's face
When Herr Goring says they'll never bomb this place
We HEIL! (phhht!) HEIL! (phhht!) Right in Herr Goring's face

Are we not the supermen
Aryan pure supermen
Ja we ist der supermen
Super-duper supermen.
Ist this Nutzi land not good?
Would you leave it if you could?
Ja this Nutzi land is good!
Vee would leave it if we could

We bring the world to order
Heil Hitler's new world order
Everyone of foreign race will love der Fuehrer's face
When we bring to der world disorder

When der Fuehrer says, "We ist der master race"
We HEIL! (phhht!) HEIL! (phhht!) Right in der Fuehrer's face
When Der Fuehrer says, "We ist der master race"
We HEIL! (phhht!) HEIL! (phhht!) Right in der Fuhrer's face

When der Fuehrer says, we never will be slaves
We heil! Heil! But still we work like slaves.
While der Fuehrer brags and lies and rants and raves
We heil! Heil! And work into our graves.

When der Fuehrer yells "I got to have more shells"
We heil! Heil! For him we make more shells
If one little shell should blow him right to *Donald hits head when it should say "hell"*
We heil! Heil! And wouldn't that be swell?

Since this acted as a real confidence booster for American troops this short was received well and even got an Academy Award for best Short Subject.

Mickey and the Beanstalk (September 27th, 1947)

Mickey, Donald and Goofy find the Willie's castle.

This short was going to be a feature-length film (and be Mickey's first movie) but that idea was cut, it can also be noted that this was the last time Walter Disney did the voice of Mickey Mouse as his smoking addiction was affecting his vocal chords so badly that Jimmy MacDonald had to finish the rest of Walt's lines for him.
Billy Gilbert, who voiced Sneezy for "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", played the voice of Willie the Giant, if you listen when Willie sneezes you might hear the similar voice acting.
There was originally going to be a scene that revealed Honest John and Gideon from Pinocchio were the sellers who swindled Mickey to give his cow to them for some beans.

Mickey, Donald and Goofy all lived in a valley called Happy Valley that was full of life but one day the valley dried up and the three were pushed to the brink of starvation so when Mickey trades their prize cow for some beans Donald gets angry and knocks the beans into a hole in the floor and while they sleep the beanstalk grows and carries them to the clouds and they spot Willie's castle, after riding a leaf to cross the moat the trio find the giant's feast lying on the table and start eating it but after Willie finds them he locks them away in a box, but luckily Mickey got out of the box before Willie locked it and saves his friends by retrieving the key. After the three are united again and they take the harp back to it's rightful place.

Well this concludes my second Disney Article, which I enjoyed making, but more importantly, did you enjoy it?
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