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Cartoon of the Day: Santa’s Workshop

Santa's Workshop

Santa’s Workshop

In keeping with the holiday spirit, today’s Cartoon of the Day is Santa’s Workshop. From the middle of the Silly Symphonie series, this short was produced in Technicolor, and directed by Wilfred Jackson.

Santa is assigned by his elves in preparation for the famous sleigh ride on Christmas Eve. As Santa reads off the list of good or bad boys and girls, the elves go about constructing the toys and making things ready for Santa’s long trip. As the toys are finished, they come to life, and they march into Santa’s big bag.

Because they are considered politically incorrect, several scenes are deleted from current video releases: one in which dolls are frightened by a spider, so their hair sticks up on end and gets curled; a stereotypical black doll saying “Mammy”; and a black doll riding a donkey cart.

If you’ve not seen this short, pop on over to BCDB today and give it a look!

The Practical Pig (1939) – Silly Symphonies Theatrical Cartoon Series

The Practical Pig (1939) - Silly Symphonies Theatrical Cartoon Series

The Practical Pig (1939) - Silly Symphonies Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: One of the all time most popular Silly Symphonies cartoons, “The Practical Pig” was not the first in the series, but one of the best.

The Practical Pig (1939) – Silly Symphonies Theatrical Cartoon Series

Two of the Three Little Pigs are caught by the Big Bad Wolf while swimming. But things backfire when the wolf tries to get Practical Pig; he is caught instead. Practical Pig uses his new lie detector to get the information about his two brothers from the wolf.

Come see “The Practical Pig” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

The Grasshopper And The Ants (1934) – Silly Symphonies Theatrical Cartoon Series

Grasshopper And The Ants (1934) - Silly Symphonies

Grasshopper And The Ants (1934) - Silly Symphonies

CotD: Featuring the Frank Churchill song “The World Owes Me A Living” “The Grasshopper And The Ants” Pinto Colvig wrote the lyrics; he also wrote the lyrics for “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf.”

The Grasshopper And The Ants (1934) – Silly Symphonies Theatrical Cartoon Series

A grasshopper fiddles and plays through his day, tempting some of the worker ants to play with him, unaware that winter is coming and food will soon be scarce.

Come see “The Grasshopper And The Ants” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

The Old Mill (1937) – Silly Symphonies Theatrical Cartoon Series

The Old Mill (1937) - Silly Symphonies

The Old Mill (1937) - Silly Symphonies

CotD: A classic in its own right, “The Old Mill” is also notable as the first use of Disneys’ (and Ub Iwerks’) multiplane camera in a theatrical cartoon.

The Old Mill (1937) – Silly Symphonies Theatrical Cartoon Series

Various birds, mice and bats take up residence in an old windmill. Frogs, crickets and fireflies make their music in an adjacent pond. A storm slowly approaches, building suspense. The wind turns the mill’s blades, which turn gears inside the mill. A small bird is nesting with eggs in a gear hole, and a cog threatens to crush them.

Watch “The Old Mill ” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

The Goddess Of Spring (1934) – Silly Symphonies Theatrical Cartoon Series

The Goddess Of Spring (1934) - Silly Symphonies

The Goddess Of Spring (1934) - Silly Symphonies

CotD: Not the greatest cartoon ever made, but one of the most important, “The Goddess Of Spring” saw Disney’s first real attempt at animating a lifelike human form, in this case, a woman. This was one of the first tests working toward Snow White.

The Goddess Of Spring (1934) – Silly Symphonies Theatrical Cartoon Series

The myth of Persephone and her abduction to the underworld.

Watch “The Goddess Of Spring ” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Austrian TV sorry for anti-Jewish Disney cartoon

Three Little Pigs

Three Little Pigs

Austria’s State TV apologized Tuesday for airing a version of Walt Disney’s Oscar-winning cartoon Three Little Pigs that, critics allege, strengthen anti-Jewish stereotypes present when it was made in 1933.

The original version of the cartoon shows the Big Bad Wolf disguised as a long-nosed Jewish peddler, sporting a beard and caftan, as he tries to enter one of the pigs’ homes. Modern releases of the cartoon have deleted that scene, reanimating it so that the Wolf would appear as a Yiddish-accented Fuller Brush Man. Airings on American TV have changed the scene further, redubbing the Wolf’s voice so that he does not sound stereotypically Jewish.

However, the Austria Press Agency says, the original version was shown last week on one of the network’s children’s programs.

State TV program director Wolfgang Lorenz offered his “great” regrets that the cartoon was broadcast. He said there was a mistake that escaped the “strictest quality criteria.” Lorenz said he would ensure that “such a mistake… will not occur again.”

The weekly Falter magazine first expressed criticism of the broadcast.

The Wise Little Hen (1934) – Silly Symphonies Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: Today is the release date for “The Wise Little Hen”, which also make today Donald Duck’s birthday~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/3932-Wise_Little_Hen.html

The Wise Little Hen (1934) - Silly Symphonies

The Wise Little Hen (1934) - Silly Symphonies

The Wise Little Hen (1934) – Silly Symphonies Theatrical Cartoon Series

The Wise Hen needs help to plant corn for herself and her chicks. But Donald and Peter are totally unwilling to help out.

Watch The Wise Little Hen at Big Cartoon DataBase

Three Little Pigs (1933) – Silly Symphonies Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: The first of four in the series, “Three Little Pigs” wasa hit and Oscar winner in 1933 ~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/3887-Three_Little_Pigs.html

Three Little Pigs (1933) - Silly Symphonies

Three Little Pigs (1933) - Silly Symphonies

Three Little Pigs (1933) – Silly Symphonies Theatrical Cartoon Series

Three little pigs set off to the great wide world; their first step, to build a house. They each have their own life philosophies, which govern their lives, and they types of houses they make.

Watch Three Little Pigs at Big Cartoon DataBase

The Grasshopper And The Ants (1934) – from the Silly Symphonies Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: The Silly Symphony that brought us “The World Owes Me A Living” was released in 1934 “The Grasshopper And The Ants” <" href="http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/3991-Grasshopper_And_The_Ants.html" target="_blank">

The Grasshopper And The Ants: A grasshopper fiddles and plays through his day, tempting some of the worker ants to play with him, unaware that winter is coming and food will soon be scarce.