'''''Color Classics''''' were a series of animated short subjects produced by Creator/FleischerStudios for Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures from [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1934 to 1941]] [[FollowTheLeader as a competitor]] to Creator/WaltDisney's WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin As the name implies]], all of the shorts were made in color, with the first entry in the series, "Poor Cinderella", being the first color cartoon produced by the Fleischer studio. There were 36 films produced in this series.

They are considered by some animation critics and modern audiences to be cheap knock-offs of Creator/WaltDisney's own Silly Symphonies, but many of these cartoons are still highly regarded today, including Somewhere in Dreamland (1936), the Academy Award nominated shorts, Educated Fish (1937), Hunky and Spunky (1938, first in a subseries), and Small Fry (1939). The first film in the series, Poor Cinderella, featured WesternAnimation/BettyBoop (in her sole color appearance in a theatrical cartoon, with red hair and turquoise eyes); future films were usually one-shot cartoons with no starring characters, save for one shot that guest-starred Betty's grandpa, Grampy. Two color classics - Educated Fish (1937) and Hunky and Spunky - were nominated for the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Short Subject (Cartoons); both lost to Disney shorts.

The Color Classics series ended in 1941 with Vitamin Hay, starring Hunky and Spunky. In its place, Fleischer began producing Technicolor cartoons starring Gabby, the town crier from the 1939 Fleischer/Paramount feature film ''WesternAnimation/GulliversTravels''.

A similar series would be started by Fleischer's successor Creator/FamousStudios in 1943, under the name WesternAnimation/{{Noveltoons}}. Some of the one-shots in this series would be reminiscent of the Color Classics in terms of production value and story.

--info cited from Wiki/TheOtherWiki's description of the series.

Several years ago, a DVD set containing almost all of the cartoons (save "Tears of an Onion" due to copyright) was compiled and released by historian [[Blog/CartoonBrew Jerry Beck]], although almost all of the shorts save that one have slipped into the PublicDomain.

On that note, over a decade after his previous appearances, Hunky the Burro was brought back as a side-character for at least two WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost and Noveltoon shorts.

Compare to Creator/UbIwerks' ''WesternAnimation/ComiColorCartoons'', and of course, ''WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies''.
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* WesternAnimation/PoorCinderella: August 3, 1934. This short is also notable for being a runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons list. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYn27ilwSkk&feature=related See it here.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y82FiSnAoDQ Little Dutch Mill]]: October 26, 1934
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xJR-ovOrDw&feature=fvwrel An Elephant Never Forgets]]: December 28, 1934


* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FDdIMti2U0 The Song of the Birds]]: March 1, 1935
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRmDFzoYwBk The Kids in the Shoe]]: May 19, 1935
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDRhLxgDqbw&feature=related Dancing on the Moon]]: July 12, 1935
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiVW3Kj8jh0 Time For Love]]: September 6, 1935
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIZwtoDeCco Musical Memories]]: November 8, 1935


* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYk6rPpIvAI Somewhere in Dreamland]]: January 17, 1936
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOnuWctUrpg The Little Stranger]]: March 13, 1936
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT4M2UrDFUs Cobweb Hotel]]: May 15, 1936
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIZR-lsprNQ Greedy Humpty Dumpty]]: July 10, 1936
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFvLQakjXCs Hawaiian Birds]]: August 28, 1936
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUgyWhKlH78 Play Safe]]: October 16, 1936
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4y8wj01MmU Christmas Comes But Once a Year]]: December 4, 1936


* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0qohy0aHj4 Bunny Mooning]]: February 12, 1937
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giFAMVN-PmM Chicken a La King]]: April 16, 1937
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKuQulmIdZs A Car-Tune Portrait]]: June 26, 1937
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdliszbZFs0 Peeping Penguins]]: August 26, 1937
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzy9C9fAJOg Educated Fish]]: October 29, 1937
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCll0ioxZNE Little Lamby]]: December 31, 1937


* The Tears of an Onion: February 26, 1938
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CTADocsR8w Hold It!]]: April 29, 1938
* WesternAnimation/HunkyAndSpunky (introduction of characters who would star in a few more ''Color Classics'' indicated below): June 24, 1938
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPRJuD6MD10 All's Fair At The Fair]]: August 26, 1938
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M-aSbllLXE The Playful Polar Bears]]: October 28, 1938


* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlkHw2damNI Always Kickin']] (Hunky and Spunky): January 29, 1939
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjrBZkKppT0 Small Fry]] (Possibly a sequel to "Educated Fish"): April 21, 1939
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH8u7484NnE The Barnyard Brat]] (Hunky and Spunky): June 30, 1939
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFvFnN1Kc1Y The Fresh Vegetable Mystery]](Possibly a sequel to "Tears of an Onion"): September 29, 1939


* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGr_RvcygTE Little Lambkins]]: February 2, 1940
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3Qyn7apy0I Ants in the Plants]] (last non-Hunky and Spunky entry): March 15, 1940
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r57wLfpBVyo A Kick In Time]]: May 17, 1940. Notable for animation by Creator/ShamusCulhane and Al Eugster.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6RkEvwWwNE Snubbed by a Snob]]: July 19, 1940
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E43HnQN-lsM You Can't Shoe a Horse Fly]]: August 23, 1940


* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUK8Vao23f4 Vitamin Hay]]: August 22, 1941

* AdaptationalVillainy: ''Greedy Humpty Dumpty'' turns the nursery rhyme character, who was neutral at most, into a ruthless tyrant.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Betty's hair was always portrayed as jet black prior to "Poor Cinderella", where its shown to be an ''orange-red''.
* AdultFear: The mother in "''Somewhere In Dreamland''" was destitute, and burst into tears after one of her two children told her he was still hungry after she fed him all the food she could (which was a very stale piece of bread). She herself was stick-thin, too.
* AnAesop: Not uncommon due to the fairy-tale nature of the shorts.
* AnimationBump: Any scene which uses the three-dimensional setback. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUgyWhKlH78 Play Safe!]] (skip to 4:00) takes it even further and has a stop motion train sequence!
* AssholeVictim: Humpty Dumpty. He ignored everyone's warnings and made everyone work on his wall by threatening their lives.
* BadGuysPlayPool: Subverted with the pool parlor in "Small Fry", in which Small Fry plays hooky from school and comes here to try and be a tough big fry with some of the actual tough big fry, only to be, in polite terms, [[ScareEmStraight in over his head]].
* BalloonBelly: PlayedForDrama in "Snubbed by a Snob". After Spunky and a thoroughbred colt tease a bull, the colt takes a break by gorging on apples and drinking water until his belly reaches the ground. Spunky finds this hilarious until he has to save the colt from the vengeful bull.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: In "Dancing On The Moon", the animals have no problem walking onto the moons surface, singing and dancing, with no explosive decompression happening in the process.
* BigDamnHeroes: In "Little Dutch Mill" to stop the old miser from burning the children' tongues out, [[TeamPet their pet duck]] runs to the village and rallies the citizens to fight back.
** Hunky literally arrives in the nick of time to save Spunky in "A Kick In Time" when his hoof is caught on a track, and is about to be ran over by a trolley car.
* BigEater: Small Fry manages to wolf down a fairly large sandwich in one go.
* BrattyHalfPint: Small Fry the fish, from the short of the same name. Spunky the Burro is also quite good at getting himself in trouble.
* TheCameo: [[WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}} Olive Oyl]] and [[WesternAnimation/BettyBoop Grampy]] briefly appear in a couple of these shorts.
* ChewingTheScenery: The bull in the Hunky and Spunky short, "Snubbed by a Snob".
* CoolShip: The rocketship from "Dancing On The Moon".
* CoolTrain: The train from "Play Safe!"
* DisneyAcidSequence: The ending of "Small Fry".
* {{Disneyfication}}: This series was the point when the Fleischers were starting to abandon much of their earlier cartooniness in favor of trying to emulate Disney, no doubt due to pressure from Paramount. It's especially prominent in the Hunky and Spunky cartoons, which are Fleischer cartoons InNameOnly.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: The short "Peeping Penguins".
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: They're color cartoons that retroactively became classics.
* FantasticRacism: The colt in "Snubbed by a Snob" is admonished by his mother for trying to make friends with Spunky, telling him not to associate with their kind. Later, the mother and Hunky scoff at each other when they call for their children but make amends when Spunky saves the colt.
* GoldFever: In "Greedy Humpty Dumpy", Humpty Dumpty is a greedy king who becomes convinced the sun is made of gold, and orders his subjects to build the walls of his castle high enough to reach the heavens.
* HellHotel: In "Cobweb Hotel".
* LevelAte: "Somewhere in Dreamland".
* MamaBear: Hunky the burro; Do ''not'' hurt Spunky, or this [[{{Pun}} ass will kick your ass.]]
* MoodWhiplash: "Christmas Comes But Once a Year" all over the place.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Mother penguin in "Peeping Penguins".
* OfficerOHara: "The Fresh Vegetable Mystery" milks this trope for all its worth. There is also the Irish police horse Hunky meets while searching for Spunky in "A Kick In Time".
* PredatorsAreMean: The portrayal of the larger bird that tries to eat the little chicks in "The Little Stranger", the spider who catches flies in "The Cobweb Hotel", the wolf who tries to eat a baby lamb in "Little Lamby", the worm who tries to eat [[SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism anthropormorphic]] fruits and vegetables in "Tears of an Onion", and the anteater in "Ants in the Plants".
* PublicDomainAnimation: All of the cartoons save for "Tears of an Onion" are in the PublicDomain.
* {{Remake}}: ''Song of the Birds'' would later be remade as a WesternAnimation/LittleAudrey cartoon.
* SceneryPorn
* SentientVehicle: The train from "Play Safe!"
* StarScraper: ''Greedy Humpty Dumpty'' has King Dumpty order his subjects to make his wall higher until it reaches the sun, so he could get to the gold he believes is there.
* StubbornMule: Spunky has shades of this, due to him being a little kid.
* TheGayNineties: "Musical Memories" has elements of this.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Hunky the Burro and her wayward son Spunky.
* ThroughAFaceFullofFur: In ''An Elephant Never Forgets'', the elephant's face turns red from embarassment when after boasting that "an elephant never forgets", reveals he doesn't know 2+2.
* TongueTrauma: The miser in "Little Dutch Mill" attempts to burn the tongues out of the two little kids who discovered his gold.