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Springtime (1929 film)

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Directed byUb Iwerks
Produced byWalt Disney
Music byCarl W. Stalling
Animation by
Backgrounds byCarlos Manriquez
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • October 24, 1929 (1929-10-24)
Running time
CountryUnited States

Springtime is a Silly Symphonies animated Disney short film. It was released in 1929. It was the third Silly Symphonies film to be produced.[1]


Flowers, ladybugs, centipedes, birds, and frogs dance (and devour each other) in time to the usual blend of themes from the light classics.

The music used in the film includes "Morning" from Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt, Franz von Blon's "Whispering Flowers", Amilcare Ponchielli's music for "Dance of the Hours" and Jacques Offenbach's "Gaite Parisienne".[2]


Motion Picture News (Nov 2, 1929): "A Panic. Another contribution to the entertainment of the nation. Walt Disney has been hitting an extremely high average with his various cartoon series. This one is well worth whatever praise this reporter may bestow upon it. The basis of the amusing antics is the line which ruminates about springtime, love and levity. Everything turns terpsichore: flowers, spiders, cranes, frogs. The routines they pass through are guaranteed to make any audience laugh."[3]

The Film Daily (Nov 3, 1929): "This is called a Disney Silly Symphony, and it is a corker. The cartoon work is about the best that has ever been seen in the animated field, the expressions and general antics of the animals being unusually clever as well as true to life. A series of frogs graduating in size are swallowed by each other in turn, till only the last big frog is left. This one in turn is swallowed by a long-legged bird, who is so weighted down that he flops in a pond and is drowned. The clever conceit is a fine satire on the survival of the fittest in the animal world. The synchronized music accompanying the dancing music of the frogs adds greatly to the laughs, which come easily."[4]

Variety (Feb 12, 1930): "Another amusing, ingeniously made cartoon comedy drawn by Walt Disney. Oke for any theatre. In Springtime Disney has sought to express that vernal feeling of animated insect, animal and flower characters in novel dance routines set to intriguing musical numbers. Timing of the dances, the accompanying taps, etc., is so perfect that the rhythm alone imparts rare entertainment value to this new one in the Silly Symphony series. Every opportunity to inject comedy for laughs has also been seized. Some repetition in the nature of the dance routines but not serious."[5]

Home media

The short was released on the 2006 Walt Disney Treasures DVD box set More Silly Symphonies.[2]


  1. ^ Barrier, Michael (November 6, 2003). Hollywood Cartoons: American Animation in Its Golden Age. Oxford University Press. p. 61. ISBN 978-0-19-516729-0. Retrieved July 19, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Merritt, Russell; Kaufman, J. B. (2016). Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies: A Companion to the Classic Cartoon Series (2nd ed.). Glendale, CA: Disney Editions. pp. 60–61. ISBN 978-1-4847-5132-9.
  3. ^ "Sennett Comedies, Oswald and Disney Cartoons Top Shorts List". Motion Picture News: 97. November 2, 1929. Retrieved February 23, 2020.
  4. ^ "Short Subjects". The Film Daily: 9. November 3, 1929. Retrieved February 23, 2020.
  5. ^ "Talking Shorts". Variety: 18. February 12, 1930. Retrieved February 23, 2020.

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