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The Skeleton Dance (1929) - Silly Symphonies Theatrical Cartoon Series The Skeleton Dance

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>Walt Disney Studios
  • Walt Disney Studios
  • Animated Characters: Four Skeletons.
  • Originally Released in 1929.
  • Production Number: CS-1
  • Running Time: 5:30 minutes.
  • Black & White
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

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This is one of the very few cartoons that Walt Disney animated.

The first of the Silly Symphonies series. Carl Stalling wanted to to create "musical novelites" for the screen, thus the Silly Symphonies were born.

The release date noted above reflects the release date as currently acknowledged by the Walt Disney Company. Other sources- including some official Walt Disney Studios archival documentation- suggest May 10, 1929 as an alternate (and possibly more accurate!) release date. It is possibly that the official release dates were 'massaged' in the early 1990s to bring them more in line with the indisputable U.S. Government copyright dates, thus protecting the Walt Disney Company copyright of Mickey Mouse and other characters from this cartoon, as well as the cartoon itself.

Walt Disney reportedly had a tough time selling this cartoon to theaters when it was first released.

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

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There's a roughness in the early Disney animation that entirely fits the trick-or-treat atmosphere. The music is Grieg's "Dance of the Gnomes," with plenty of xylophone-bone effects. As important for the series it inaugurated as for its...  (read more)

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You rarely ever see this cartoon, but on the rare occasions it is shown I have to watch it! There is something about this cartoon -- it is timeless and just absolutely fun to watch!! I could watch it over & over & if I could find it for sale anywhere...  (read more)

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If you like skeletons -- and who doesn't -- this is nearly the last word. Macabre and playful!

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