Old MacDisney Had A Farm...
A Walt Disney SILLY SYMPHONY Cartoon Short.
The FARMYARD SYMPHONY signals the start of another day
the farm animals. Baby colts & calves frolic & scamper,
rooster plights his noisy troth to a svelte hen, and a young
searches for more food.
Set to an amalgam of classic music, this cartoon is short on
& long on charm. The animals are all well rendered; in fact,
fascinating to compare this film to earlier entries in
Symphonies and see just how far the Disney animators had
progressed in depicting lifelike farm fauna. It sounds
Clarence Nash & Florence Gill are vocalizing for the ducks
The SILLY SYMPHONIES, which Walt Disney produced for a
year period beginning in 1929, are among the most interesting
of series in the field of animation. Unlike the Mickey
cartoons in which action was paramount, with the Symphonies
the action was made to fit the music. There was little plot
the early Symphonies, which featured lively inanimate objects
and anthropomorphic plants & animals, all moving frantically
the soundtrack. Gradually, however, the Symphonies became
the school where Walt's animators learned to work with
and began to experiment with plot, characterization &
photographic special effects. The pages of Fable & Fairy
Myth & Mother Goose were all mined to provide story lines
even Hollywood's musicals & celebrities were effectively
spoofed. It was from this rich soil that Disney's feature-length
animation was to spring. In 1939, with SNOW WHITE
successfully behind him and PINOCCHIO & FANTASIA on the
near horizon, Walt phased out the SILLY SYMPHONIES; they
had run their course & served their purpose..
Wonderful characters and a superb send up of classical favourites make this Silly Symphony absolute perfection!
Farmyard Symphony, what can I say? Practically perfect in every way. Of
course it is rather short on plot, but it has enough charm and fun to
wholly compensate. The animation is colourful and fluid, no stiff
movements or colour changes as far as I can see. The characters were
wonderful, from the adorable piglets to the absolutely hilarious
chickens, they alone contributed to the charm of this silly symphony.
The best part? Has to be the music, a superb collage of classical music
favourites such as the Pastoral Symphony, William Tell, The Barber of
Seville, Tannhauser and Hungarian Rhapsody Number 2.
This silly symphony is a very funny and wholly engaging one, and is up
there with my favourites. 10/10 Bethany Cox.