Silly Symphonies was a series of animated short films produced by Walt Disney productions from 1929 to 1939. Unlike the Mickey Mouse cartoon universe (with the exception of The Three Little Pigs and most notably Donald Duck who made his first appearance in the 1934 short, The Wise Little Hen ) Silly Symphonies did not have recurring characters and each one was depicted as a stand alone production. A total of 75 Silly Symphonies cartoons were made and the series is mostly remembered as being a platform which Disney used to experiment with different processes, techniques, characters, stories, and technologies for which the then fledgling company could use to refine and perfect it's animation style; making the series a key part in aiding Walt Disney's efforts to expand into feature length animated films. Over it's ten year run, Silly Symphonies would go on to win Disney seven Academy Awards for best Animated Short Film and spawned numerous imitators, some of which (such as Warner Bros' Merry Melodies) would go on to be major competitors with Disney.
Non-Canonical Silly Symphonies
The Silly Symphonies series may have ended, but that did not stop Disney from making more Silly Symphony-esque cartoons years later. Here is the list:
- Adventures In Music: Melody
- Football (Now and Then)
- Adventures In Music: Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom
- Ben and Me
New Era Silly Symphonies
These cartoons were made after the Animated Short Department was closed in 1962. Some were made for film festivals and have generally stayed out of public viewing since their release.
- Oilspot and Lipstick (Created for the 1987 SIGGRAPH convention in Anaheim)
- Pedal to the Metal (Released with the movie Three Ninjas)
- Redux Riding Hood (Released at many film festivals)
- Three Little Pigs (Released at many film festivals)
- John Henry (Released with the Direct-to-Video Short Compilation "Legends and Tall Tales")
- Destino (Released at many film festivals)
- Lorenzo (Released with the movie Raising Helen)