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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.