The Old Mill [1937]

Director : Wilfred Jackson (uncredited)

Writer : Dick Rickard (uncredited)

Story : An unexpected thunderstorm threatens the life of an old mill’s tenants.

What I liked :

it’s a loveable short, the animation is gorgeous, the story makes you smile and care for the animals; nothing went wrong,

– there is quite a lot of kissing going on

– the only conclusion I draw is it sucks to be a worm

– the music is magnificent thanks to the very talented Leigh Harline

Final note :

4 out of 4

Interesting facts :

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. (wiki)

– and if you are wondering the multiplane camera is a special motion picture camera used in the traditional animation process that moves a number of pieces of artwork past the camera at various speeds and at various distances from one another. This creates a three-dimensional effect, although not actually stereoscopic (wiki)

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