Balloon Land

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Balloon Land
ComiColor Cartoons series
Balloonland lobby card 1935.jpg
Balloon Land lobby card.
Directed by Ub Iwerks
Produced by Pat Powers
Voices by Billy Bletcher as the Pincushion Man (uncredited)
Music by Carl W. Stalling
Distributed by Celebrity Pictures
Release date(s) September 30, 1935
Color process Cinecolor
Running time 6:57
Language English

Balloon Land, also known as The Pincushion Man, is a 1935 animated short film produced by Ub Iwerks as part of the ComiColor Cartoons series. The cartoon is about a place called Balloon Land, whose residents (including popular entertainment icons such as Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin) are made entirely out of balloons. The villain in the cartoon is the Pincushion Man, a character who walks around Balloon Land popping the inhabitants with pins.

Notable appearances[edit]

  • Several scenes from "Balloon Land" are shown during the film The Devil’s Gift which was later reedited into another film Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders.
  • A portion of it was shown on an episode of Pee-Wee's Playhouse, and it was also featured in the 1981 taping of The Pee-Wee Herman Show made as an HBO special.
  • The cartoon is also featured in the live revival of Pee-Wee's 2010 stage show at Los Angeles' Club Nokia theater. It is introduced during the first act break by the King of Cartoons.
  • Parts of "Balloon Land" are shown in the Shining Time Station music videos: "What Am I Afraid Of?" from the episode: Scare Dares and "Bad Guy" from the episode: "Bully for Mr. Conductor".

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