disney animated short films

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Oh, What a Knight

20 in 26 of the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit series
animated short film history
Release: May 28th, 1928
Country: USA
Director: Walt Disney

“Oswald is riding along on his horse having a merry old time when the two of them fall down a hill, right up to a castle. Oswald whistles for the princess, who blows him a kiss as she appears on a balcony. He reaches her by lassoing the balcony and tying the other end of the rope to his horse’s tail, using it as a tightrope. A rival knight suddenly appears and Oswald falls off the balcony, startled. He manages to climb back up and the two fight for the princess.”

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Oh, What a Knight is available on YouTube.

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The Jazz Fool

12 in 15 of Mickey Mouse (1920s)
animated short film history
Director: Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks
Country: USA
Released: Oct 15th, 1929

“Horace pulls a wagon with a a small pipe organ, with Mickey at the keys; a sign on the side reads ‘Mickey’s Big Road Show.’ They arrive, and Mickey’s suitcase labeled ‘Jazz Fool’ unfolds to a piano, which he plays for a cheering crowd.”

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The Jazz Fool is available on YouTube.

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Alice’s Wonderland

Alice Comedies series
animated short film history
Release: 1923
Country: USA
Director: Walt Disney

“Alice (Virginia Davis) visits an animation studio, where the animators (including Walt Disney) show her various scenes on their drawing boards. A few of them: a cat dancing to a cat band; a mouse poking at a cat until it moves; a couple of mice boxing, while the animators crowd around cheering and acting as corner-men. That night, she dreams of taking a train to cartoon-land, where a red carpet reception awaits. She appears in live action. They have a welcoming parade, with Alice riding on an elephant. The cartoons dance for her, and she dances for them. Meanwhile, the lions break out of the zoo. The lions chase her into a hollow tree, then into a cave and down a rabbit hole. Finally, she jumps off a cliff and awakes back in her bed.

Disney, animator Ub Iwerks, and their staff made Alice’s Wonderland while still heading the failing Laugh-O-Gram Studio in Kansas City, Missouri. This film was never released theatrically, but was instead shown to potential film distributors. After completing the film, the studio went bankrupt and was forced to shut down. After raising money by working as a freelance photographer, Disney bought a one-way train ticket to Los Angeles to live with his uncle Robert and his brother Roy.

In California, Disney continued to send out proposals for the Alice series, in hopes of obtaining a distribution agreement. A deal was finally arranged through Winkler Pictures. Because of a recent falling out with Pat Sullivan, the studio needed a quick replacement for their centerpiece Felix the Cat animated series. Disney convinced Virginia Davis’s family to bring her from Missouri to Los Angeles to star in the series.”

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Alice’s Wonderland is available on YouTube.

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Destino, a film by Salvador Dali & Walt Disney

Destino is an animated short film released in 2003 by The Walt Disney Company. Destino is unique in that its production originally began in 1945, 58 years before its eventual completion. The project was originally a collaboration between Walt Disney and Spanish Surrealist painter Salvador Dalí, and features music written by Mexican songwriter Armando Dominguez and performed by Dora Luz. 

Destino (Spanish for destiny) was storyboarded by Disney studio artist John Hench and artist Salvador Dalí for eight months in late 1945 and 1946; however production ceased not long after. The Walt Disney Company, then Walt Disney Studios, was plagued by financial woes in the World War II era. Hench compiled a short animation test of about 17 seconds in the hopes of rekindling Disney’s interest in the project, but the production was no longer deemed financially viable and put on indefinite hiatus. In 1999, Walt Disney’s nephew Roy E. Disney, while working on Fantasia 2000, unearthed the dormant project and decided to bring it back to life. Walt Disney Studios Paris, the company’s small Parisian production department, was brought on board to complete the project. A team of approximately 25 animators deciphered Dalí and Hench’s cryptic storyboards (with a little help from the journals of Dalí’s wife Gala Dalí and guidance from Hench himself), and finished Destino’s production. The end result is mostly traditional animation, including Hench’s original footage, but it also contains some computer animation.
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Ozzie of the Mounted

18 in 26 of the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit series
animated short film history
Release: Apr. 30th, 1928
Country: USA
Director: Walt Disney

“Working as a mountie, Oswald tries to find a way to arrest Peg-Leg Pete.”

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Ozzie of the Mounted is available on YouTube.

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Salvador Dali + Walt Disney - “Destino”

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Happy Easter everyone!

Funny Little Bunnies (1934)
Directed by Wilfred Jackson