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The Cookie Carnival is an animated Silly Symphony short produced by Walt Disney Productions and it was originally released on May 25, 1935. The plotline of the cartoon short is a parody of the story, which is loosely based on the fairy tale The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by  E. T. A. Hoffmann, which is in turn based on Tchaikovsky's ballet  "The Nutcracker" by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

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Plot

In this confectionery-themed Cinderella-story, a sad Sugar Cookie Girl is turned into the Queen of the Cookie Carnival (aka Miss Bonbon) by a wandering Hobo Cookie. The short is an homage to the Atlantic City boardwalk and its "bathing beauty" contest--which eventually became the Miss America pageant--of the 1920s and 1930s.

Synopsis

Various sweets and goodies of Cookietown are preparing to crown their new Cookie Queen. A parade of potential candidates passes by, all based on various cakes and other sweets. Far from the parade route, on what would appear to be the wrong side of the peppermint stick railroad tracks, a gingerbread drifter overhears an impoverished sugar cookie girl crying. She explains that while she wants to be in the parade, she doesn't have any clothes that she feels are nice enough for it--he hurries to remedy this, concocting a dress of colored frosting and candy hearts. He covers her brown hair with golden taffy ringlets and adds a large violet bow to her dress as a finishing touch. Thus attired, she's entered as the final contestant in the parade: Miss Bonbon.

The judges, who have thus far been disappointed in the candidates, all promptly declare Miss Bonbon the Cookie Queen on sight. The gingerbread man is practically trampled in the sudden surge of the crowd as they carry Miss Bonbon to her throne, where they place a golden crown on her head. She's then presented with a large layer cake which appears to be a carousel of different vaudeville acts--every Queen needs a King, so the newly crowned Cookie Queen has to choose a husband from those featured.

After being presented with a duo of tap dancing candy cane men, a pair of Barbershop singing Old Fashioned Cookies, a pair of effeminate angel food cakes, two scat-singing devil's food cakes, two acrobatic upside-down cakes, and three tipsy rum cookies, she refuses each of them with a giggle and a shake of her head. The judges, with no other suitors to present to her, offer to have her marry one of them (or all three of them).

At that moment, the gingerbread man, who has been attempting to gain a closer vantage point, sneaks up onto the dias. He's accosted by the guards who split his cupcake paper hat and tear off a piece of the jelly roll red carpet so that he looks as if he's wearing a crown and an ermine-lined cloak. The Cookie Queen calls to the guards "Stop! I say! Don't crown the King that way!" The gingerbread man is immediately released and takes his place beside his beloved sugar cookie. Their closing kiss melts the lollipop intended to screen them from view.

Production

Pinto Colvig, most known for the voice of Goofy, provides the voice of the gingerbread man. Vaudeville was dying out by the time The Cookie Carnival made its debut, but audiences would have been familiar with each of the acts represented by the different cookies.

When Miss Bonbon is being outfitted, she transitions from her cookie-like shape into a more human look (especially apparent between creating her skirt and powdering her cheeks). This might make her another early example of visually realistic human characters in Disney shorts, and even a precursor to the Snow White look in Disney's first full-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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