Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Skeleton Dance

It's a little early for Halloween but you can never have enough of skeletons and kookiness. Here is animated short produced and directed by Walt Disney released in 1929. A comical ceremony of human skeletons that dance around a spooky graveyard. It is mixed with black cats, howling owls and rattling bones. The musical score was taken from the Saint-Saens composition set in a minor key of the foxtrot. Also the Charleston is performed, a dance that is frequently associated with flappers and the speakeasy.

There are several key elements that make this short film a true delight, one happens to be when the skeletons hold hands and dance in a circle like in the children's song "Ring Around a Rosie", which refers to the plaque. This is one symbol that makes this Walt Disney animation so unforgettable; and in 1994 it was voted #18 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members from the animation world. I hope you enjoy this creepy treat.


1 comment

Blood Milk said...

so lovely. i can't wait for halloween. I'm getting married at the Mutter Museum the day after.

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