YMMV / Silly Symphonies

  • Creator Backlash: Walt Disney loathed how The Golden Touch" turned out, so much that he never directed another short again, stepping aside to become a producer full time.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: The second half of "Babes in the Wood". To save Hansel and Gretel from the witch, the elves pull off a flawless attack plan with arrows, pumpkins, trip wires, and pies, while the two kids easily free themselves and the other children. A vine lasso thrown by one of the elves knocks the witch off her broom, and the children get the cauldron with the stone-potion and pull it outside, and she falls right into it, putting an end to her crimes — forever. Brilliant.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "The Carioca" from "Cock o' the Walk".
    • Also the music in "Music Land", especially that used during the great battle between the Isle of Jazz and the Land of Symphony.
  • Ear Worm: ALL of the musical numbers from "The Cookie Carnival", especially the parade song.
    • How about "Hi-De-Hades", arguably the highlight number of "The Goddess of Spring".
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: "The Pied Piper" has the children taken away from their parents to live happily, FOREVER.
    • Then again, their parents were jerkasses who made them work all the time and the children probably would have grown up to be as bad as them.
  • Follow the Leader: This is hands down one of the most influential series of cartoons in the History of Animation...and also one of the most ripped-off as a result. Almost every studio in the 1930's, sans 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 a certain Expy of Max Hare, might be considered an exception.
  • Jerkass Woobie: King Midas is a fat greedy Adipose Rex who thinks only about his gold. However when he realizes that with his newfound power turns into gold even his food, he fears to die of starvation and desperately begs Goldie to free him from his new curse. In that moment it's hard to not feel a little sorry for him.
  • Nightmare Fuel
    • The witch in "Babes in the Wood" has a potion that can turn living things to stone. What is it made of?!
    • "The Skeleton Dance . The entire short is creepy, but especially the two shots where the skeleton jumps at the camera and seems to devour it.
    • "Birds in the Spring": The python trying to eat the baby bird.
    • Hell's Bells: A 1929 cartoon about Hell. In the opening scenes a big fat spider with teeth swings back and forth and snaps at the viewer. Still pretty creepy...
    • Three Little Pigs: The Big Bad Wolf. In his 1st movie, his single desire is to murder and eat the pigs, and he has an awesome Evil Laugh. In his 2nd movie, he tries to murder and eat Little Red Riding Hood. And in his 3rd movie, he's training his kids to murder and eat the pigs to a song about what you can cook pigs into. Too bad his kids were Retconned into Lil Wolf. In the 3rd movie the Wolf came this close to eating the pigs, having them tied down with apples in their mouths and everything.
  • Sequelitis: "Three Little Pigs" inspired three continuations, but no one reached the popularity levels accomplished by the original. Walt's quote on the matter opens the trope's page.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: "The Night Before Christmas", and "Wynken, Blynken and Nod" are full of this.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The shorts tend to have very juvenile, sentimental storylines with cutesy characters, which can either be seen as part of their appeal or a detriment.
  • Uncanny Valley: "Goddess of Spring" was made to see if the animators could handle a realistic human character. When Persephone makes her entrance, dancing like she was made of rubber, it's made clear that they still weren't ready.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • The plethora of racist caricatures of Africans, most notably in "Broken Toys", "Cannibal Capers" and "Three Orphan Kittens".
    • In the ending to "Birds in the Spring", the baby bird who wandered off gets spanked soundly by his mother. Standard parenting for 1933.
    • The Stephen Fetchit-inspired bird in Who Killed Cock Robin?
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Hand-drawn 3D opening in "Egyptian Melodies". Impressive, not to be missed by anyone who loves well-crafted animation.
  • What Could Have Been: "Don Donald" and "Ferdinand The Bull" were initially planned as Silly Symphonies. The poster for "Donald's Golf Game" also mentions it as being a Silly Symphony as well.
  • The Woobie: The cookie girl in "The Cookie Carnival".
    • The Ugly Duckling in both versions.

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