When I was younger, I remember watching the Silly Symphonies and the Fleischer Studios cartoon short films over and over again on our Betamax player. I loved those cartoon shorts.
My kids have been watching a Silly Symphony DVD collection I bought for them a couple of years ago.
The collection has The Three Little Pigs (from 1933!), The Big Bad Wolf (1934), Three Little Wolves (1936), Chicken Little (1943), The Three Blind Mouseketeers (1936), Elmer Elephant (1936) and Lambert The Sheepish Lion (1952).
Their favorite is The Three Little Pigs. Although not my favorite, I love how the animators before used to add funny (and sometimes disturbing) little details in those old cartoons. Check out their dad’s photo on the wall.
In this one too.
Me, I love Lambert the Sheepish Lion. How could you not love his face? :)
I love the song and still sing it sometimes in my head :)
The part where none of the lambs pick the ewe to become their mom always makes me sad.
But I love how she adores Lambert even though he’s different. Being bullied because you’re different is tough so I love how he eventually just laughs it off when he got older.
Plus he’s so adorable when he baa-s in the end.
Another cartoon short I like that’s also about being different is Ferdinand the Bull (1938).
I like how his character just does his own thing and doesn’t mind being different from the other bulls.
I enjoyed watching the matador try to make Ferdinand angry and then going crazy from frustration while Ferdinand just finds another flower to sniff.
I loved it so much that I bought the book version of it at a booksale. This is even cuter since the bull on the front cover looks tougher! hahaha.
Another short I remember is Little Toot (1948). Love the intro style and artwork of this and love how the Andrews Sisters sing the story :)
Little Toot also kind of reminds me of my daughter, Adi. hehehe
I was also lucky to find a book of it at another booksale ;)
I also remember enjoying The Cookie Carnival. Not really for the story but at how beautiful the visuals of this cartoon was. And the Cookie Queen is so pretty! :)
Aside from Disney, I also love those Fleischer Studios (makers of Betty Boop) short cartoons :) Their cartoons always make my cry.
One of my favorites is Christmas Comes But Once a Year (1936). It always breaks my heart when the toys of the orphans fall to pieces after only playing with them for a few minutes.
And I love the resourcefulness of the inventor in creating new toys for them :)
This orphan reminds me of how Noah also puts his arms behind his head when he’s comfortable.
See :) hehehe.
Another favorite of mine is Somewhere in Dreamland. I love how the kids here are always in a positive mood no matter what situation they’re in.
The scene where the kids pull up their blanket with all those holes always get to me.
Their adventure in dreamland was magical to me when I was a kid.
And the ending is just the best :)
Anyway, check out the other cartoon shorts on youtube.
I’m so glad that people have uploaded these classics that would’ve just been forgotten by the kids now :)