Friday 13 November 2020

Fish and a Pan

There’s nothing like joyful little fish, and that’s what we get at the start of Playful Pan, a 1930 Walt Disney cartoon.

The fish swim along happily in a lake, skate on the water with the bodies, slide down a log (the animation is reused) and attach themselves to a turtle’s tail before Pan jumps onto dry land and the fish leave the cartoon for good.

This isn’t an all-dancing, all-music cartoon. Disney’s moved beyond that. A fire burns down the forest as Uncle Walt fill the screen with characters, and Pan puts out all the flames, albeit after every single tree has burned down.

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