Disneyland: The Story of the Silly Symphony (1955)

Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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Disneyland host Walt Disney uses clips from several of his studio's "Silly Symphony" cartoons to trace the development of the art of animation from 1929 to the early 1940s. Beginning with an excerpt from the inagural "Silly Symphony" The Skeleton Dance, the program moves forward to such classics as Flowers and Trees (Disney's first color cartoon), The Three Little Pigs and The Old Mill, among others. It is shown how the techniques and equipment used in the studio's most ambitious animated features were developed for, and tested out in, the "Silly Symphony" short subjects. The episode's highlight is a segment featuring Disney's celebrated multiplane camera, which created a 3-D effect on screen.