The Kid Should See This

The Old Mill, a Walt Disney Silly Symphony (1937)

The Old Mill, the ground-breaking, Academy Award winning Walt Disney Silly Symphonies cartoon from 1937.

Like many of the later Silly Symphonies, The Old Mill was a testing-ground for advanced animation techniques. Marking the first use of Disney’s multiplane camera, the film also incorporates realistic depictions of animal behavior, complex lighting and color effects, depictions of rain, wind, lightning, ripples, splashes and reflections, three-dimensional rotation of detailed objects, and the use of timing to produce specific dramatic and emotional effects. All of the lessons learned from making The Old Mill would subsequently be incorporated into Disney’s feature-length animated films, especially 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

There’s a bit more from Disney on this site.

This award-winning video collection is reader-supported. Become a sustaining member to keep TKSST online and free for everyone, including teachers and parents who use it as a resource to spark learning and curiosity for kids.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

To Spring (1936)

Rion Nakaya

A Kinetic Mind: the kinetic sculptures of Anthony Howe

Rion Nakaya

Winnie-the-Pooh (Винни-Пух) by Russian animator Fyodor Khitruk

Rion Nakaya

Raindrops: What do they really look like?

Rion Nakaya

Watch Chuck Jones draw Bugs Bunny

Rion Nakaya

How do wind turbines work?

Rion Nakaya

Step into the Page – Disney animator Glen Keane draws in VR

Rion Nakaya

How to Build a Windfarm

Rion Nakaya

Norman McLaren’s Spook Sport (1939)

Rion Nakaya

Get smart curated videos delivered every week.    
Subscribe