PRODUCER: Walt Disney

There are five animated shorts from the this year, the year which Mickey made his historic transformation from the monochrome to glorious Technicolor! Five, “The Band Concert”, “Mickey’s Garden”, “On Ice”, “Pluto’s Judgement Day” and “Mickey’s Fire Brigade” were on general release. But there was another early color entry, and this was a special, “Parade Of The Award Nominees” commissioned for the 3rd Academy Awards, showcasing some of the nominees for the 1932 Oscars, and was in fact, the first color Mickey Mouse cartoon.

The problem that I have with these is simply that they are not Looney Tunes, or even Tom and Jerry. Is that a bad thing? No, not really but to me, personally, I find that these Disney shorts are a different breed to their counterparts from MGM or Warner Bros., offering up more misadventures rather than out right fun.

I mean, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck for example, spend a lot of their screen time trying to kill each other, one-up-man-ship being paramount and that is nothing compared to the best, the Coyote and Road-runner shorts. These early Disney works are beautifully animated, with a host of well conceived musical cues and humour but to me they are too safe and lacking the fun and danger of the series’ that would follow, such as Tom and Jerry and Looney Tunes.

But they are nice to watch and offer and interesting insight into early animation, whilst still keeping us entertained.

N.B. Found on disc 1 of Mickey Mouse In Living Colour.

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