ABSTRACT Disney broke away from gag-centered cartoons in favor of fantasy narrative in his Silly Symphony cartoon series, produced in the 1930s. In landmark Symphonies such as The Ugly Duckling, Babes in the Woods, Lullaby Land, Who Killed Cock Robin?, and Three Little Pigs he explores with remarkable potency the inner life of the child——dramatizing the child's issues of separation, sense of shame, struggle to control impulses, fear of annihilation, and love of adventure.
Lost on Pleasure Islands: Storytelling in Disney's Silly Symphonies
RUSSELL MERRITT teaches film history at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the co-author (with J.B. Kaufman) of Walt in Wonderland and the forthcoming Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies: A Companion to the Classic Cartoon Series (Cineteca del Friuli, 2005), from which this essay is adapted.
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Russell Merritt; Lost on Pleasure Islands: Storytelling in Disney's Silly Symphonies. Film Quarterly 1 September 2005; 59 (1): 4–17. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2005.59.1.4
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