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'''''Comi Color Cartoons''''' was a short lived series of cartoons, produced by former Disney animator UbIwerks for Celebrity Pictures from [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation November 1933 to September 1936]]. The series was produced by Iwerks to compete with WaltDisney's then-smash hit ''SillySymphonies'' series, and to make up for the losses of ''FlipTheFrog'' and ''WillieWhopper''.

While it would be easy to write off these cartoons as low budget knockoffs of Disney's lavish cartoons, closer examination of the shorts will reveal that they do have several things going for them. For starters, while Disney made his ''Symphonies'' shorts increasingly sentimental and idealistic, Ub kept a more gritty, down to earth approach to his fairy tales, as evident in shorts like "Balloon Land", "Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp" and "Dick Whittington's Cat". Ub also outright ignored Disney's push for more realistic animation, instead opting for a more stylized version of the early 30's rubberhose style that is indisputably influenced by the early works of FleischerStudios--supported by that Iwerks had at least four ex-Fleischer staffers on board: GrimNatwick (who often supervised, designed and animated for the shorts in Iwerks' steed), Berny Wolf, ShamusCulhane and Al Eugster.

Although the characters were typical one-dimensional cyphers, the stories were handled in a workmanlike fashion, and the animation in some of the shorts is fairly well done--Balloon Land in particular is full of principles such as [[TheTwelvePrinciplesOfAnimation squash and stretch and overlapping action]]. And, being a Silly Symphony clone, lavish color was up front and center, with lush, sumptiously painted backgrounds in each cartoon, and the cartoons were backed up with lively scores supplied by Iwerks mainstay and future WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes composer Carl Stalling. Another standout feature of the cartoons was the occasional use of a proto-Multiplane Camera that Iwerks himself built out of parts of a junked chevrolet car, which actually precedes the completion of Disney's own Multiplane apparatus.

Despite this, the series was doomed from the beginning. Unlike with Flip and Willie, Iwerks no longer had {{MGM}} to distribute the cartoons, with his boss Pat Powers having to distribute the cartoons himself. And, as expected, Iwerks shorts simply couldn't compete with Disney's own lavish shorts. After a three year stint of 25 shorts, the series folded and Ub was forced to close up shop, prompting a return to Disney in the following years.

Many of these shorts have been re-released on the two ''Cartoons That Time Forgot: Ub Iwerks'' DVD sets, and research copies of the whole series are available via [[Blog/CartoonBrew Jerry Beck's]] Cartoon Research website. Several of these shorts have slipped into the PublicDomain.

It is also worth noting that one of these shorts, ''WesternAnimation/BalloonLand'', was a runner up on the list of The50GreatestCartoons ever made.

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[[folder:Filmography]]

!1933

* Jack and the Beanstalk (Nov. 30)

!1934

* The Little Red Hen (Feb 16)
* The Brave Tin Soldier (April 7)
* Puss in Boots (May 17)
* The Queen of Hearts (June 25)
* Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (Aug 10)
* The Headless Horseman (Oct 1)
* The Valiant Tailor (Oct 29) PublicDomain.
* Don Quixote (Nov 26)
* Jack Frost (Dec 24) PublicDomain.

!1935

* Little Black Sambo (Feb 6)
* The Bremen Town Musicians (March 6) PublicDomain.
* Old Mother Hubbard (April 3) PublicDomain.
* Mary's Little Lamb (May 1) PublicDomain.
* Summertime (June 15) PublicDomain.
* Sinbad the Sailor (July 30) PublicDomain.
* The Three Bears (Aug 30) PublicDomain.
* WesternAnimation/BalloonLand (Sept. 30) Runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons list. PublicDomain.
* Simple Simon (Nov 15) PublicDomain.
* Humpty Dumpty (Dec 30) PublicDomain.

!1936

* Ali Baba (Jan 30) PublicDomain.
* Tom Thumb (March 30) PublicDomain.
* Dick Whittington's Cat (May 30) PublicDomain.
* Little Boy Blue (AKA Big Bad Wolf) (July 30) PublicDomain.
* Happy Days (AKA Hook Line and Sinker) (Sept. 30): PublicDomain.
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!!Tropes:

* BalefulPolymorph: Done in "Puss in Boots", as the princess is turned into a bird.
* BittersweetEnding: The end of "The Brave Tin Soldier". It was also the only short to feature this, as Pat Powers was ordered to tell Iwerks to never put another sad ending into this film, according to ShamusCulhane's autobiography.
* CaptainErsatz: The cat characters from "Puss in Boots" are the exact same designs of the cats ShamusCulhane designed and animated for the Creator/VanBeurenStudios cartoon "Merry Kittens".
* ChristmasEpisode: "Jack Frost".
* FollowTheLeader
* FluffyCloudHeaven: A Toy version of it appears in the end of "The Brave Tin Soldier".
* PublicDomainAnimation: Some of the shorts have slipped into the public domain.
* StockFootage: "Mary's Little Lamb" has a brief scene where the schoolhouse desks [[AnimationBump move in perspective]], which was recycled from a previous Iwerks short, but reshot in color this time.
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