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YMMV: Classic Disney Shorts
  • Animation Age Ghetto: The Skeleton Dance and The Mad Doctor were apparently so unusually scary for cartoons, some theater owners refused to show them, making this trope Older than Television.
  • Archive Panic: The original theatrical cartoons combined amount to 469 shorts total (not including shorts initially released as part of a bigger feature, such as the shorts in The Reluctant Dragon, Saludos Amigos, The Three Caballeros and the 40's Disney package features) and that number shoots up to 562 if you include all of the silent Disney films (the Newman Laugh-O-Grams, the Alice Comedies and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit)note —to watch all of them in chronological order would take around 66 hours and 30 minutes, or close to three days without sleep. And that's not counting post-Golden Age shorts, TV shows and feature animation appearances of the characters. And lets not even get started on the absolutely monstrous number of comics these characters have appeared in, especially the Donald Duck comics.
  • Bizarro Episode: Several:
    • Toby Tortoise Returns is an oddball in the Silly Symphonies lineup-wheras most, if not all of those shorts were either sweet, sentimental and naturalistic, this short has much more in common with a Warner Bros. cartoon, complete with full cartoony, fast paced slapstick comedy.
    • Ironically, the real Warner Bros. cartoons being made around the same time were intent on trying to ape the sweeter, sentimental elements of the Silly Symphonies. We won't see a WB cartoon as fast-paced as "Toby Tortoise Returns" until "Daffy Duck and Egghead" and "Porky in Wackyland"
    • Mickey Mouse's "Runaway Brain" from the 90's, which was the first (but certainly not the last) attempt at returning Mickey to his adventureous, edgier roots. Whether it succeeded or not is up for debate.
    • The later Donald Duck shorts from the '50s and onward show how desperate the writers were to come up with new ideas-one short has Donald become so obsessed with obtaining honey that he dresses up as a bee to steal honey from an actual hive, instead of just going to the store and buying some honey in a jar like any sane man duck would do.
    • There's also the Silly Symphonies short "Mother Goose Goes Hollywood", which is yet another pure comedy Disney short, featuring caricatures of Golden Age Hollywood celebreties in the roles of classic fairy tale characters. The opening logo is even a parody of the MGM Lion-except with a goose (albeit one that roars like a lion)!
  • Creator Backlash: Walt hated The Golden Touch, so much so that just the mere mention of the cartoon's very name was strictly forbidden.
    • Wilfred Jackson disliked the early Mickey Mouse short "The Castaway" and upon its failure vowed to never make another picture that didn't feel like a Disney film again.
    • According to "Of Mice and Magic", some of the Donald Duck staff grew to dislike the character and how formula driven his shorts became over time. One of the directors, veteran Jack Hannah (no relation to Hanna-Barbera) even complained "I got so damned tired of that duck's voice. I just could not stand having to work with it all the time."
      • It should be noted, however, that Don's most formulaic period came precisely when Hannah took over as the sole director of the series and apparently made his life goal to fill the duck's filmography with repetitive stories. Really, count how many cartoons that pit Donald against vermin -where he's Out of Focus and suffers from severe Flanderization- emerged on this time as opposed to the past. There were some nice exceptions here and there, especially at the beginning of Hannah's tenure, but for the most part the Duck owes much of his personality loss to these pictures.
    • According to Neal Gabler in his book "Walt Disney and the Triumph of the American Imagination", Walt "absolutely hated the Goofy cartoons, threatening constantly to terminate them before relenting, largely to provide work for his animators."
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Donald Duck and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
    • Clarice from "Two Chips And A Miss". She was in one cartoon and now she's a meetable character in the Disney Theme Parks.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Between this series and fans of Looney Tunes, but it often Zigzags between this and Friendly Fandoms.
  • Foe Yay: Pete kissing Mickey at the end of Symphony Hour has got to be a prime example.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment/Harsher in Hindsight: Most of the gags in Goofy's "Teachers Are People" short, since it involves a kid turning in a handgun and grenade, threatening a classmate with a (water) pistol, and blowing up the school.'
    • No Smoking becomes this due to Walt Disney's death from lung cancer, especially the gag where a skywriter spells out "Smoke Lookys" (Lucky Strike was Walt's preferred brand). Tellingly, one TV edit of the cartoon has a new ending where Goofy really does give up smoking.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Mickey crying in Fiddling Around.
    • The voices saying "Eat!" in Tomorrow We Diet.
    • The music that plays during Goofy's desperate search for a smoke in No Smoking.
  • Hype Backlash: The shorts and characters are beloved and popular, but their exposure and esteemed reputation have made many see them as rather quaint and juvenile in contrast to other cartoon series like Looney Tunes.
  • Older Than They Think: Pete predates Mickey by three years.
    • The character, Mortimer Mouse (or a very similar version thereof) initially appeared in Mr. Slicker and the Egg Robbers, a very early storyline from the Mickey Mouse comic strip.
    • Max Goof first appeared in "Fathers are People" as Goofy Jr.
    • Humphrey and Woodlore predate a more famous bear/ranger team by eight years.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Many, particularly fans of the Looney Tunes and those who dislike Disney films in general, see them as this.
  • Values Resonance: Motor Mania.
  • Villain Decay: Pete. In his earlier apperances, he was actually a menace, a dangerous villain with a temper hot enough to shake Hell itself. Now he's usually a clumsy, idiotic Smug Snake.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Subverted. Most of Disney shorts were made for all audiences, so these shorts are safe for kids. Then there are shorts like "Der Fuehrer's Face" and "The Mad Doctor" that were blatantly made as propaganda for adults or pure Nightmare Fuel. Any kids watching those will become either terrified or totally confused.

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