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''Silly Symphonies'' was a hugely popular and influential series of [[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts Disney short subjects]] from TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation, generally themed around music and lushly animated fairy tales. They were a very important part of Disney's history, pioneering many of their animation techniques, as well as giving animators preparation for work in the feature length animated films that the studio would later become famous for. The series would have a massive impact on the animation industry, inspiring many imitators, some of which would later evolve into future competitors for Disney, such as the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes and [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] franchise. It also won seven Oscars, a record matched only by WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry.

In some ways, ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' and its sequel could be seen as the successors to these cartoons.

Silly Symphonies brought along ''many'' imitators, including the WarnerBros. cartoon series ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]]'', Max Fleischer's ''ColorClassics'', UbIwerks' ''ComiColorCartoons'', Columbia's ''[[Creator/ColumbiaCartoons Color Rhapsodies]]'', Creator/VanBeurenStudios ''Rainbow Parade'', Creator/WalterLantz's ''Cartune Classics'', and Creator/{{MGM}}'s ''HappyHarmonies'' from former Disney employees HarmanAndIsing. The television series MickeyMouseWorks used the Silly Symphonies title for some of its new cartoons, but unlike the original cartoons, these did feature continuing characters. Disney also produced comic strips and comic books with this title.

On December 3, 2001, Disney released "Silly Symphonies" as part of its DVD series "Walt Disney Treasures". On December 19, 2006, "More Silly Symphonies" was released, completing the collection and allowing the cartoons to be completely available to the public.
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!1929

* TheSkeletonDance: August 22, 1929, Walt Disney: The first of the series. The bulk of the cartoon was animated by UbIwerks, with one part (with a Skeleton playing a rib-bone xylophone) animated by [[DisneysNineOldMen Les Clark]]. One of The50GreatestCartoons.
* El Terrible Toreador: September 7, 1929, Walt Disney
* Springtime: October 24, 1929, Ub Iwerks
* Hell's Bells: October 30, 1929 Ub Iwerks
* The Merry Dwarfs: December 16, 1929, Walt Disney

!1930

* Summer: January 6, 1930, Ub Iwerks
* Autumn: February 13, 1930, Ub Iwerks
* Cannibal Capers: March 13, 1930, Burt Gillett: The lion was animated by none other than [[FloydGottfredson Floyd Gottfredson]]!
* Frolicking Fish: May 8, 1930, Burt Gillett: The first cartoon that introduced continuous movements or "[[TheTwelvePrinciplesOfAnimation overlapping action]]" in animation, instead of the old stop-and-go movements.
* Arctic Antics: June 5, 1930
* MidnightInAToyShop: July 3, 1930, Wilfred Jackson
* Night: July 31, 1930, Walt Disney
* Monkey Melodies: August 10, 1930, Burt Gillett
* Winter: November 5, 1930, Burt Gillett
* Playful Pan: December 28, 1930, Burt Gillett

!1931

* Birds of a Feather: February 10, 1931, Burton Gillett
* Mother Goose Melodies: April 17, 1931, Burton Gillett
* The China Plate: May 25, 1931, Wilfred Jackson: A creative retelling of the Willoware legend.
* The Busy Beavers June 22, 1931, Burton Gillett
* The Cat's Out: July 28, 1931, Wilfred Jackson
* Egyptian Melodies: August 21, 1931, Wilfred Jackson
* The Clock Store: September 30, 1931, Wilfred Jackson
* The Spider and the Fly: October 16, 1931, Wilfred Jackson
* The Fox Hunt: November 18, 1931, Wilfred Jackson
* The Ugly Duckling: December 16, 1931, Wilfred Jackson: Based on a story by Hans Christian Andersen. Featuring Clarabelle Cow. A much more comprehensive, colorized version would be made in 1939.

!1932

* The Bird Store: January 16, 1932, Wilfred Jackson: The last Silly Symphony distributed by ColumbiaPictures.
* The Bears and the Bees: July 9, 1932, Wilfred Jackson: The first Silly Symphony distributed by Creator/UnitedArtists.
* Just Dogs: July 30, 1932, Burton Gillett: Featuring the first starring role of [[PlutoThePup Pluto]] (Mickey Mouse does not appear).
* FlowersAndTrees: July 30, 1932, Burton Gillett: First cartoon produced in full-color three-strip Technicolor. First cartoon to win the AcademyAward for Best Animated Short Film.
* King Neptune: September 10, 1932, Burton Gillett: Featuring Neptune (mythology) as the "King of the Sea".
* Bugs in Love: October 1, 1932, Burton Gillett: Last Silly Symphony shot in black-and-white.
* Babes in the Woods: November 19, 1932, Burton Gillett: Featuring Hansel and Gretel.
* Santa's Workshop: December 10, 1932, Wilfred Jackson: Featuring SantaClaus.

!1933

* Birds in the Spring: March 11, 1933, David Hand
* Father Noah's Ark: April 8, 1933, Wilfred Jackson: The "building the ark" music is an adaptation of Beethoven's Contradanse in C Major, WoO 14 No. 1.
* Disney/ThreeLittlePigs: May 27, 1933, Burton Gillett: Featuring the namesake characters and the Big Bad Wolf; includes the iconic song "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?", and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. One of The50GreatestCartoons.
* Old King Cole: July 29, 1933, David Hand
* Lullaby Land: August 19, 1933, Wilfred Jackson
* The Pied Piper: September 16, 1933, Wilfred Jackson: According to "Too Funny For Words", the short was a flop.
* The Night Before Christmas: December 9, 1933, Wilfred Jackson: A follow up to "Santa's Workshop".

!1934

* The China Shop: January 13, 1934, Wilfred Jackson
* TheGrasshopperAndTheAnts: February 10, 1934, Wilfred Jackson: Based on a fable by Aesop. Pinto Colvig (Goofy) provides the voice for the grasshopper.
* Funny Little Bunnies: March 24, 1934, Wilfred Jackson: Featuring the [[EasterBunny Easter Bunnies]].
* The Big Bad Wolf: April 14, 1934, Burton Gillett: A follow up to the Disney/ThreeLittlePigs. Was considered a failure.
* The Wise Little Hen: June 9, 1934, Wilfred Jackson: Featuring the debut of DonaldDuck.
* TheFlyingMouse: July 14, 1934, David Hand
* Peculiar Penguins: September 1, 1934, Wilfred Jackson
* The Goddess of Spring: November 3, 1934, Wilfred Jackson: Featuring Persephone and a version of her uncle/husband Hades/Pluto, identified here with Satan. The Disney animators' first attempt to create visually realistic human characters, although the short was considered a flop.

!1935

* Disney/TheTortoiseAndTheHare: January 5, 1935, Wilfred Jackson: Featuring Max Hare and Toby Tortoise. Won the 1935 AcademyAward for Best Animated Short Film.
* TheGoldenTouch: March 22, 1935, Walt Disney: Featuring Midas and Goldie the elf. Also the last short Walt ever directed, due to how much he loathed it.
* TheRobberKitten: April 13, 1935, David Hand: According to "Hollywood Cartoons", the short was considered a failure when released.
* Water Babies: May 11, 1935, Wilfred Jackson
* TheCookieCarnival: May 25, 1935, Ben Sharpsteen: A homage to the Atlantic City boardwalk parade and bathing beauty contest (what eventually became the Miss America pageant) of the 1920s and 30s. Pinto Colvis (Goofy) provides the voice for the gingerbread man.
* Anime/WhoKilledCockRobin: June 26, 1935, David Hand: Includes caricatures of Mae West (Jenny Wren), Bing Crosby (Cock Robin), Harpo Marx (the cuckoo, appropriately), and Stepin Fetchit (the blackbird). Academy award nominee.
* MusicLand: October 5, 1935, Wilfred Jackson
* ThreeOrphanKittens: October 26, 1935, David Hand: Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
* Cock o' the Walk: November 30, 1935, Ben Sharpsteen
* Broken Toys: December 14, 1935, Ben Sharpsteen

!1936

* ElmerElephant: March 28, 1936, Wilfred Jackson
* Three Little Wolves: April 18, 1936, David Hand: Another follow up to Disney/ThreeLittlePigs. Another failure.
* TobyTortoiseReturns: August 22, 1936, Wilfred Jackson: Featuring Max Hare and Toby Tortoise. It is a sequel to The Tortoise and the Hare. It's also one of Disney's most cartoony short subjects, doing [[ZanyCartoon zany antics]] way earlier than in the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes shorts that would make this style of cartoon famous.
* Three Blind Mousketeers: September 26, 1936, David Hand
* The Country Cousin: October 31, 1936, David Hand: Won the 1936 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
* Mother Pluto: November 14, 1936, David Hand: Featuring PlutoThePup mothering a number of newly-hatched chicks.
* More Kittens: December 19, 1936, David Hand: A sequel to Three Orphan Kittens.

!1937

* Woodland Café: March 13, 1937, Wilfred Jackson: Contains animator [[DisneysNineOldMen Ward Kimball's]] first animating assignment.
* Little Hiawatha: May 15, 1937, David Hand: The last Silly Symphony distributed by Creator/UnitedArtists.
* Disney/TheOldMill: November 5, 1937, Wilfred Jackson: Disney's first use of the Multiplane Camera and the first Silly Symphony distributed by RKO Radio Pictures. Won the 1937 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

!1938

* Moth and the Flame: April 1, 1938, Burton Gillett
* Wynken, Blynken, and Nod: May 27, 1938, Graham Heid
* Farmyard Symphony: October 14, 1938, Jack Cutting
* Merbabies: December 9, 1938, [[HarmanAndIsing Rudolf Ising]]: Vernon Stallings Outsourced to Harman and Ising after the studio donated inkers and painters to the Disney studio to complete Snow White.
* Mother Goose Goes Hollywood: December 23, 1938, Wilfred Jackson: Like Toby Tortoise Returns, this short is another [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent oddball in the series]], parodying the fairy tale stories of the series with caricatures of many Hollywood celebrities from the time period inserted into those classic stories. Academy award nominee.

!1939

* The Practical Pig: February 24, 1939, Dick Rickard: Yet another follow up to Disney/ThreeLittlePigs. Like the other Little Pigs shorts after the first, it was a failure.
* The Ugly Duckling: April 7, 1939, Jack Cutting: Another cartoon version of the classical story, first animated in 1931, and the only Silly Symphony story to be made twice. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

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!!Tropes Related To The Series:

* AbusiveParents: The mother duck towards her [[TheUnfavorite Unfavorite]] in the 1939 version of "The Ugly Duckling,"
** The same could also apply to the mother hen in the 1931 version, although she later makes amends after the duckling rescues her chick babies from drowning.
* {{Adorkable}}: Toby Tortoise in both of his appearances. Hopelessly outclassed by Max Hare and afraid of his own shadow, but he's just so darn ''sweet'' about the whole thing. His hat's penchant for flipping above his head helps.
* AlcoholHic: The jolly rum cookies in "The Cookie Carnival".
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Averted in "The Cookie Carnival". The cookie queen picks the sweet gingerbread man over the devil food cakes.
* AllJustADream: The ending of "Wynken, Blynken and Nod".
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Demonstrated in "Elmer Elephant".
* AnAesop: Due to the fairy-tale nature of many of the shorts, it was not uncommon to have morals attached to them.
* AnachronismStew: In "The Golden Touch"--it's very unlikely that they had hamburgers around in [[TheMiddleAges Medieval Europe]].
* AnimationBump: Later installments of the series. After all, part of the ''modus operandi'' of making the cartoons was to pioneer animation techniques. More specific examples in the shorts are given below:
** One scene in "Egyptian Melodies" has a background that ''moves in perspective''--think the Dungeons from the first PhantasyStar, but ''fully animated''. This footage was so impressive that Disney would reuse it for the MickeyMouse cartoon "WesternAnimation/TheMadDoctor".
** "Frolicking Fish" is a progressive example--during the making of the cartoon, animator Norm Ferguson accidentally discovered the principle of "Follow Through and Overlapping Action"--prior to this short, the characters started and stopped in a cyclish, machine-like way, but Norm animated it so that when the fish were stopping one action, they were already beginning another action, creating a very smooth, lifelike effect. You can see Norm's work on the trio of fish doing an old vaudeville soft-shoe dance in the short. Walt was so pleased by this that he had his animators study Norm's animation.
** "Cock O' The Walk" is one of the most impressively-animated shorts in the series, featuring successful re-enactments of Broadway dance routines, tricky drawing angles, and LOTS of crowd scenes. The most notable work is by Bill Tytla, who animated virtually all of the scenes with the rooster and the pullet dancing.
** "Three Orphan Kittens" has several backgrounds--complete with reflections in the floor tiles--that moved in perspective.
* AnthropomorphicFood: All the characters in ''The Cookie Carnival'' are, well, cookies.
* AntiVillain: King Midas from "The Golden Touch" arguably fits this category.
* ArtEvolution: The series initially started off with the standard-issue rubberhose limb art style of the time period, but life drawing classes gradually evolved the series into a more naturalistic, lively art style that would go on to define Disney.
* ArtShift: A very mild example, but in the follow-ups to "Disney/ThreeLittlePigs", animator GrimNatwick managed to bring some of the East Coast style of design into the shorts, as evident in the designs of Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Wolves, which wouldn't look so out of place in a [[FleischerStudios Fleischer cartoon.]] The girl from "Cookie Carnival" also has a Fleischer-esque look, due to her also being drawn by Grim.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Thrives in "Wynken, Blynken and Nod".
** Simultaneously played straight and subverted in both the 1931 and 1939 versions of "TheUglyDuckling". The mother chicken in the 1931 version adores her chicken babies but is completely disgusted by the duckling whose egg somehow found its way into her nest. The 1939 version takes it even further when the ducklings hatch and the father is hugs and kisses all around, but then the Ugly Duckling hatches and his appearance alone is enough to cause a fiery marital spat between the duck parents.
* BalefulPolymorph: "Babes in the Woods" has the witch use potions to turn her captive children into all sorts of assorted creatures. They get better in the end, thankfully.
* BearsAreBadNews: Done in "Little Hiawatha" and earlier with the big vicious bear in "The Bears and Bees".
* BearyFunny: The bear cubs in "The Bears and Bees".
* BigDamnHeroes: Cupid pulls this in the end of "Who Killed Cock Robin"--an ironic example, as he was the one who kicked off the murder plot in the first place.
** The dwarfs in "Babes in the Woods" pull this off in the nick of time, just before the Witch covered the girl in her transformation potion.
* BittersweetEnding: The end of "The Golden Touch". Sure, King Midas may have lost his entire kingdom and fortunes, but hey, at least he dosen't have the Golden Touch anymore so he can eat--AND he got his hamburger--with onions, no less!
** "The Goddess of Spring" ends with Hades, who notices how visibly miserable Persephone is down in the underworld, compromising by allowing her to return to the above world for a good part of the year, in exchange for spending another part of the year down below from there on out (hence explaining why Spring only comes for part of a year).
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Present in virtually all of the cartoons, as expected for Disney. The Golden Touch is the only one that seems to skirt away from this, due to its nobilist character being a smug, mischievous trickster who scares the greedy Midas into repentance.
* BlackComedy: In the climax of "Who Killed Cock Robin?", when the three suspects are going to be hanged, the jury sings an eager ditty about hanging them, all to the tune of "The Farmer in the Tell".
* TheBoxingEpisode: Two of them: "Cock o' the Walk" and, more obvious, "Toby Tortoise Returns".
* BraggingThemeTune: "The World Owes Me a Living" from "The Grasshopper and the Ants".
* BreakoutCharacter: DonaldDuck, incidental character in "The Wise Little Hen", would become one of (if not THE) most famous and beloved characters in the Disney pantheon. And according to the book "Mickey and the Gang: Classic Stories In Verse", WaltDisney even had the foresight to realize Donald could be his next big star, having press kits ready by the time "The Wise Little Hen" hit the theaters.
* TheCameo: Pluto (the character from "The Goddess of Spring") would make a cameo in a Floyd Gottfredson MickeyMouse comic, when Mickey was trying to call Pluto (the dog), who had been spirited away by a magic spell. This comic can be found in the book "Mickey and the Gang: Classic Stories in Verse".
** "Toby Tortoise Returns" has several cameos of characters from the Silly Symphonies series.
** Some Silly Symphonies characters would also make cameos in the MickeyMouse short "Mickey's Polo Team".
* CampGay: Cupid from "Who Killed Cock Robin?", but only because of his exaggerated mannerisms, curly hair, beak modeled to resemble red lips, large eyelashes, effeminate voice, obsession with giggling, and making his entrance on a heart-shaped space formed by pink flowers. Aside from that, he barely qualifies.
* CampStraight: The angel food cakes in "The Cookie Carnival". Though their mannerisms are quite campy, they are competing for the affections of the Cookie Queen.
* CaptainErsatz: It's quite possible that ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' borrowed many elements of its shorts from "The Country Cousin", which features full pantomime action and slapstick, and its protagonist mouse bears a startling resemblence to Jerry in both appearance and personality. Also, Max Hare from "The Tortoise and the Hare" could be considered a prototype for the later [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] character BugsBunny--Creator/TexAvery even admitted that the idea for Bugs came from Max Hare.
** Mammy Two-Shoes of WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry also makes her first appearances in the short "Three Orphan Kittens" and its follow up "More Kittens".
* ChekhovsGun: In "Babes in the Wood", the witch uses a potion to turn a child-turned-cat into stone. At the climax of the short, the creatures-turned-back-into-children use it to defeat her when she falls off her broom and into the cauldron containing it.
* ChildHater: The witch in "Babes in the Wood".
-->"Lizards! Rats! Spiders! Bats! That's what I make of all little ''BRATS!"''
* ClumsyCopyrightCensorship: From comments gathered from some sources, in old VHS releases of "Cock O' The Walk", the song used in the middle of the the short, "The Karaoka", was dubbed out of those prints and replaced with a much more generic instrumental tune due to copyright issues. Fortunately, the original print and song was brought back for the ''Walt Disney Treasures: More Silly Symphonies'' [=DVD=] set.
* CountryMouse: Used in "The Country Cousin". Abner Mouse even provides the page image.
* CurbStompBattle: Toby Tortoise is pretty much hopeless against beating Max Hare in "Toby Tortoise Returns"--it's only when Max Hare stuffs him full of fireworks and firecrackers and accidentally turns Toby into a makeshift rocket that the turtle finally gets the upper hand.
* DemBones: "The Skeleton Dance", obviously.
* TheDeterminator: The flame from "The Moth and the Flame".
* DigitalDestruction: A very mild example--in the Treasures sets, there are some mild hints of DVNR every now and again, but you usually have to look for it to notice. Also, the aforementioned VHS edit of "Cock O' The Walk".
* DisneyAcidSequence: Arguably the entirety of "Wynken, Blynken and Nod".
* DisneyDeath: Done in the end of "The Busy Beavers".
* DisneyFication: The fairy tales presented are toned down from their source material. Justified, as Walt claimed in one interview that times and tastes were changing and the stories couldn't have been presented as they originally were.
* DisProportionateRetribution: The Pied Piper, from the eponymous short, is so angered at being swindled out of his money, that he uses his music to ''take the town's children away forever.''
** It's not really disproportionate as his primary motivation was to spare the children from growing up to be as selfish and corrupt as the adults of Hamlin.
* DoNotTouchTheFunnelCloud: Demonstrated in the 1931 version of "The Ugly Duckling".
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Demonstrated in "The Golden Touch" (where King Midas is forced to give up his kingdom--castle and all--just for a hamburger) and the 1939 version of "The Ugly Duckling".
* EasterBunny: "Funny Little Bunnies" is a classic example of this.
* EverybodyHatesHades: In a feat that would be echoed [[Disney/{{Hercules}} 63 years later by Disney]], [[HijackedByJesus The Goddess of Spring]] [[{{Flanderization}} flanderizes]] Pluto (The Roman god of the underworld, not Mickey's dog) from a merely fearsome but noble being into an ersatz for {{Satan}}.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: "Monkey Melodies" and "Elmer Elephant" demonstrate this.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: In "Peculiar Penguins"
* EverythingsWorseWithBees: In the climax of "Birds in the Spring".
* FireAndBrimstoneHell: As depicted in "Hell's Bells" and "The Goddess of Spring".
* FollowTheLeader: This is hands down one of the most influential series of cartoons in the HistoryOfAnimation...and also one of the most ripped-off as a result. Almost ''every'' studio in the 1930's, sans Creator/{{Terrytoons}}, was trying to rip off of these cartoons--none of them were successful, however.
** The Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies cartoons, by virtue of improvement of the shorts, with [[BugsBunny a certain Expy of Max Hare]], might be considered an exception.
* FoodPorn: The feast the Wise Little Hen makes from her corn harvest. It's lampshaded in the sung narration.
* GarnishingTheStory: Done in "King Neptune", with pirates.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: This gem from "Toby Tortoise Returns", when Toby is knocked out of the ring and falls onto Jenny Wren's lap and needs some, er, encouragement:
-->''"I like a man that takes his time."''
** In "Santa's Workshop", in the first minute or two, if you look in the background, you can see er...[[UnusualEuphemism reindeer chocolate]] being scooped out of one of the stalls.
** In the 1939 version of "TheUglyDuckling", after the titular character hatches; the father duck looks to the normal-looking ducklings, then angrily back to the ugly one before engaging the Mother Duck in a heated argument that culminates with her slapping him and the Father Duck storming off in anger. Although the two of them are quacking rather than speaking, their gestures and tone of voice indicate that the Father Duck is claiming that the Ugly Duckling couldn't possibly be his and that the only reason the Ugly Duckling looks so different from the others was if the Mother Duck was having an extra-marital affair.
* GoodIsDumb: Toby Tortoise, although its arguable whether he's genuinely stupid or just slow to act.
* TheGrimReaper: A ''golden'' version of him appears in the climax of "The Golden Touch".
* HammerSpace: In "Toby Tortoise Returns", his small shell is demonstrated to be able to hold himself, a mouse-trap, dozens of fireworks and firecrackers, and a '''diving helmet'''.
* HiddenElfVillage: Hansel and Gretel (or their counterparts thereof) come across one in "Babes in the Wood".
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Demonstrated in "Flowers and Trees" and "Toby Tortoise Returns".
* IronicEcho: From "The Golden Touch", "Give me gold, not advice!" comes back to bite King Midas in the back minutes later.
* KarmicTrickster: Goldie the Elf from "The Golden Touch".
* MickeyMousing: Part of why the series was made was to take the sound and animation mixing of SteamboatWillie one step further.
* MonkeyMoralityPose: Featuring in a china figure of the three Good Little Monkeys ([[GoodLittleMonkeys no relation]]) in "The China Shop".
* MarryThemAll: Suggested, but averted in "The Cookie Carnival" when the Cookie Queen is choosing her king. "My advice would be, marry me! / No, me! / No, me-e-e-e-e! Perhaps you'd better marry all three!"
* MsFanservice: Parodied with Jenny Wren from "Who Killed Cock Robin?".
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Jenny Wren from "Who Killed Cock Robin?" is a shameless caricature of actress Mae West--but was such a successful caricature of her that Mae herself praised it! Cock Robin ''might'' be a caricature of the then-popular crooner Bing Crosby. The crow from the short is also a caricature of black actor Stepin Fetchit, and Harpo Marx of the Marx Brothers is caricatured here as a woodpecker.
** "Elmer Elephant" has a throwaway gag with three pelicans doing a Jimmy Durante impression.
* OfficerOHara: Parodied in "Who Killed Cock Robin?" Also seen with the police doll in "Broken Toys".
* PantyShot: Several shots of Tilly Tiger's garments are displayed in "Elmer Elephant".
** The blonde moth from "The Moth and the Flame", due to the wide, curvy shape of her skirt and the length being above the knees. This allows to give views of her white (or light blue) undies, such as when she puts on a show by doing the can-can for the male flame and she also flashes by bending over, and lifting the back on her skirt.
* [[PintSizedKid Pint-Sized Kids]]: All of the children in "Babes in the Wood".
* PlayingSick: This is how Peter Pig and DonaldDuck get out of helping the Wise Little Hen plant and harvest her corn.
* PredatorsAreMean: The octopus in "Frolicking Fish", the hawk in "Birds Of A Feather", the titular fly in "The Spider And The Fly", the cat in "The Bird Store", and the Big Bad Wolf in the "Three Little Pigs" series. Averted in the original "The Ugly Duckling", where ducks eating a worm isn't portrayed negatively. Played with by "Birds In The Spring", where one of the titular birds trying to eat a grasshopper isn't portrayed as mean but a snake trying to eat that same bird is.
* PublicDomainSoundtrack / StandardSnippet: Often featured in the cartoons.
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: "Mother Pluto" is a Silly Symphony InNameOnly. The music is there almost by compromise, it plays exactly like [[PlutoThePup Pluto's]] previous appearances, and his official solo series launched the next year. Pluto had starred on his own, as the first time without MickeyMouse, in another short in this series: ''Just Dogs''.
* RecycledINSPACE: "Cock O' The Walk" is a collection of Broadway dance routines WITH CHICKENS!
* TheRemake: "The Ugly Duckling", originally released in 1931, was a fun little action short, that had almost nothing to do with its inspirational source. Eight years later, the 1939 version completely revamped the art and the story to be both more believable and more faithful to the original tale; by being one of the most polished shorts, it effectively served as the series' GrandFinale.
* RhymesOnADime: Not uncommon in the shorts.
* RubberhoseLimbs: Mostly in the early shorts.
* SantaClaus: Gets two shorts to himself: "Santa's Workshop" and "The Night Before Christmas".
* {{Satan}}: A very cartoony version of him appears in "Hell's Bells".
* ScrewTheRulesIHavePlot: So when Toby Tortoise was knocked out of the ring in "Toby Tortoise Returns", why didn't the match automatically go to Max Hare?
* ShapedLikeItself: The "Nothin' But a Nothin'" song from "The Flying Mouse" demonstrates this:
--> ''You're nothin' but a nothin', a nothin', a nothin', you're nothin' but a nothin', you're not a thing at all!''
* ShoutOut: In the shorts "Midnight in a Toy Shop", "Birds of a Feather", "Egyptian Melodies", "Santa's Workshop" and "Three Orphan Kittens", a character will shout [[TheJazzSinger "Mammy!"]] as a gag.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: "Toby Tortoise Returns", "Mother Goose Goes Hollywood" and "Mother Pluto".
* StockFootage: "Egyptian Melodies" has some animation of a hallway [[AnimationBump moving in perspective]] that would later be reused in the MickeyMouse cartoon "WesternAnimation/TheMadDoctor".
** Portions of "TheSkeletonDance" were re-used a few months later in the MickeyMouse cartoon "HauntedHouse".
* SuperSpeed: A trait of Max Hare from "The Tortoise and the Hare".
* SweetDreamsFuel: "Wynken, Blynken and Nod" is full of this.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Delivered to the mouse in "The Flying Mouse", although it's more of a Reason You Suck ''Song''.
* TheTwelvePrinciplesOfAnimation: The series was important in developing and refining these principles.
* ThreateningShark: Seen in "Peculiar Penguins".
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: This happens with both furry and non-furry animals, including the following such as:
** The Hobo Cookie from "The Cookie Carnival", who turns red in the face after kissing the Cookie Queen (who's now real and no longer a gingerbread), when he realizes they're being watched. He grabs a lollipop and they kiss once again while trying to hide behind it, but they can still be seen since the candy part is transparent and their literal heated passion causes it to melt at the end.
** The grasshopper from "The Grasshopper and the Ants", who is blue from the wintry cold as he's caught in a blizzard and he trudges through the snow, seeking shelter.
* TurtlePower: Toby Tortoise from "The Tortoise and the Hare" and its follow-up "Toby Tortoise Returns".
* TheUnfavorite: In "The Ugly Duckling"...well, guess.
* Anti-VillainousBreakdown: King Midas goes through this in "The Golden Touch" when he discovers ''everything'' he touches will turn to gold.
* VillainSong: "You're Nothin' But a Nothin'" from "The Flying Mouse" (although the bats are more along the lines of bullies) and "Hi-De-Hades" from "The Goddess of Spring".
* VisualPun: In "Cookie Carnival", we get a glimpse of two figures representing the Devil's Food cake--they being actual devil-like figures.
* WheelOFeet: A proto-example is featured in "The Tortoise and the Hare".
* WoodlandCreatures: Would often pop up in the shorts.
* WraparoundBackground: Seen during the Toy Parade sequence of "Santa's Workshop".
* YouDirtyRat: The rats in "The Pied Piper".
--> ''Rats! Rats! We gotta rid of the rats!''
* ZanyCartoon: "Toby Tortoise Returns", arguably one of the earliest examples, even predating Creator/TexAvery's landmark short "PorkysDuckHunt" by a year.
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