Original Release Poster
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.