Silly Symphonies

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Wynken, Blynken and Nod

Film Review by Dean Duncan Jul 6, 2015

More multi-plane camera, leading to more stunning establishing early shots. In those days, kids, there was a fashion for ladies that sang like that. The Sillies are inconsistent, because sometimes—remember Lullaby Land?—they’ll quite gleefully try to traumatize their young audience. On other occasions, its reassurance that they’re after. There’s definitely a place for both of these registers, but in this case, while pursuing the latter, we get into some repetitive and unfunny. We also get more of that bare bottom business, that features in too many Disney cartoons. In Water Babies I found it funny. This time it’s just getting on my nerves. Great clouds! At first they’re benevolently great, and then, perhaps to hedge their bets on a picture that’s been pretty plain atmospheric to this point, they start threatening. A note of antagonism then, that jars this viewer. Others may appreciate, so good luck to all of us. Yes, Leonard Maltin, the poem may be beloved, but it’s still cloying to the point of being unbearable. That is by no means an accurate description of this series, or of its sponsoring organization. But it is sometimes.