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''Comi Color Cartoons'' was a short lived series of cartoons, produced by former Creator/{{Disney}} animator Creator/UbIwerks for Celebrity Pictures from [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation November 1933 to September 1936]]. The series was produced by Iwerks to compete with Creator/WaltDisney's then-smash hit ''WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies'' series, and to make up for the losses of ''WesternAnimation/FlipTheFrog'' and ''WesternAnimation/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 Creator/FleischerStudios--supported by that Iwerks had at least four ex-Fleischer staffers on board: Creator/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. Thunderbean Animation is currently working on an restored Blu-Ray collection of these films, with release date TBA. 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:

* AnimatedAdaptation: All but a handful of the shorts are based on pre-existing stories. Only a few of them, such as ''Summertime'', ''Balloonland'' and ''Happy Days'', are original stories.
** ''Jack and the Beanstalk'' is based on, obviously, Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk.
** ''The Little Red Hen'' is based on the traditional story ''The Little Red Hen and the Grain of Wheat'' from A Child's Book of Stories (1911).
** ''The Brave Tin Soldier'' is based on Hans Christian Andersen's ''Literature/TheSteadfastTinSoldier''.
** ''Puss is Boots'' is based on ''Literature/PussInBoots''.
** ''The Queen of Hearts'' is loosely based on the character and settings from ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland''.
** ''Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp'' is based on the story of Literature/{{Aladdin}} from the Literature/ArabianNights.
** ''The Headless Horseman'' is an adaptation of Washington Irving's ''Literature/TheLegendOfSleepyHollow''.
** ''The Valiant Tailor'' is based on Creator/TheBrothersGrimm story ''The Brave Little Tailor''.
** ''Don Quixote'' is loosely based on the Miguel De Cervantes book ''Literature/DonQuixote''.
** ''Jack Frost'' is inspired by the fairy tale character of the same name.
** ''Little Black Sambo'' is based on Helen Bannerman's ''The Story of Little Black Sambo''.
** ''The Brementown Musicians'' is loosely based on the German folk story ''Literature/TheBremenTownMusicians''.
** ''Old Mother Hubbard'' is inspired by the old English NurseryRhyme.
** ''Mary's Little Lamb'' is inspired by the English nursery rhyme ''Mary Had A Little Lamb''.
** ''Sinbad the Sailor'' is based on the story from (later editions of) the Literature/ArabianNights.
** ''The Three Bears'' is based on ''Goldilocks and the Three Bears''.
** ''Simple Simon'' is inspired by the NurseryRhyme of the same name.
** ''Humpty Dumpty'' is ''very'' loosely inspired by the Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme.
** ''Ali Baba'' is based on the story ''Ali Baba and His Forty Thieves'' from the Literature/ArabianNights.
** ''Tom Thumb'' is loosely based on the first English folklore story.
** ''Dick Whittingtons Cat'' is loosely based on the English folklore story ''Dick Whittington and his Cat''.
** ''Little Boy Blue'' is a mashup of the English Nursery Rhyme and the Big Bad Wolf from Literature/ThreeLittlePigs.
* 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".
* LighterAndSofter: Nowhere as raunchy as the ''Flip the Frog'' or Willie Whopper cartoons Iwerks previously made, but their earthy, comedic tone still lingers in these shorts. On the other hand, compared to the competing Disney shorts, the tone of the Iwerks Comicolors tended to be more grey and goofy.
* 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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