Monday, March 31, 2008

The History of Animation 14 - Walt Disney: Laugh-o-gram, Cinderella (1922)

Before Disney made the Cinderella movie of 1950, he did this 7-minute version. He always wanted to make a full-length version. After Snow White came out in 1938, Disney released a few more classics (Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, and Bambi in 1942), and then he had to stop making full-length single-story movies due to the war. He started again with Cinderella in 1950.

Like all the Laugh-o-grams, this version of the story takes place in modern times.

The cat from The Musicians of Bremen returns! So that's two of these shorts that the cat was in. It makes sense. Felix the Cat was the most popular cartoon character of the time (followed by Koko the Clown and memories of Gertie by this point). This cat character in these Laugh-o-grams returned in Disney's Alice Comedies series as Julius.

Of course, in the movie, the cat character was replaced by mice (and birds) as the helpers. In the movie, the cat, Lucifer, was actually a bit of a villain.

In this short, even the bears looked like Mickey Mouse! The short then goes into this long sequence of the Prince bagging bears!!! Strange.

02:30 - Paper Dog. LOL

The Fairy Godmother makes them a car, and she makes Cinderella some swinging clothes!

The dog dancing is pretty funny.

And here's the Cinderella we know and love (Walt came a long way):


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