Rainbow Parade

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Rainbow Parade was a series of 27 animated shorts produced by Van Beuren Studios and distributed to theaters by RKO between 1934 and 1936. This was the all-color series and final series produced by Van Beuren.

Many of the Rainbow Parade cartoons were one-shot stories with no recurring characters, but several of the films featured Parrotville Parrots, Molly Moo-Cow, Toonerville Trolley, and Felix the Cat. This series was purchased by Commonwealth Pictures in 1941 and was later syndicated for television. The 1935 short "The Merry Kittens" was used in an episode of The Wubbcast. Thunderbean Animation released a collection of the early Rainbow Parade cartoons on DVD in 2009. The second half of the series is available from the original negatives released by Image DVD/Blackhawk Films/Film Preservation Associates.

Filmography[edit]

All cartoons released in 1934 and 1935, except for "Pastry Town Wedding" produced in Cinecolor, were produced in two-strip Technicolor. All shorts from 1936 were produced in three-strip Technicolor.

Title Characters Original release date Director Notes
"Pastry Town Wedding" Bride, Groom, Pastry Chefs July 27, 1934 Burt Gillett
Ted Eshbaugh
  • First Rainbow Parade cartoon
  • Later releases were in Black and White
"The Parrotville Fire Department" The Flasher, Firefighters September 14, 1934 Burt Gillett
Steve Muffatti
  • First appearance of characters from Parrotville
"The Sunshine Makers" Gnomes, Goblins January 11, 1935 Ted Eshbaugh
  • Originally released as a promotional film for Borden's Milk
"Parrotville Old Folks" Matron Birdkins, Captain, Friend, Old Folks January 25, 1935 Burt Gillett
Tom Palmer
  • Second appearance of characters from Parrotville
"Japanese Lanterns" Japanese Children, Father, Stork March 8, 1935 Burt Gillett
Ted Eshbaugh
  • Two-strip Technicolor was thought to be lost
"Spinning Mice" Wizard/Rabbit, Lizards/Doves, Toad/Squirrel, Mice/Devils, Girl, Boy, Mice April 5, 1935 Burt Gillett
Tom Palmer
"A Picnic Panic"
(a.k.a. "The Stupid Teapot")
Molly Moo-Cow, Teapots May 3, 1935 Burt Gillett
Tom Palmer
  • First appearance of Molly Moo-Cow (although some claim that this character was not yet named Molly Moo-Cow).
  • Later home video releases by Pictoreels cut off the opening scenes.
"The Merry Kittens" Three Kittens, Terrier May 15, 1935 Burt Gillett
Shamus Culhane
"The Foxy Terrier" Unknown characters May 31, 1935 Burt Gillett
"Parrotville Post-Office" The Captain, Black Parrot, Mrs. Perkins, Mr. Perkins' Children June 28, 1935 Burt Gillett
Tom Palmer
  • Final appearance of characters from Parrotville
"Rag Dog" Three Kittens, Two Terriers July 19, 1935 Burt Gillett
"The Hunting Season" Molly Moo-Cow, Ducks, Hunters August 19, 1935 Burt Gillett
Tom Palmer
  • Second appearance of Molly Moo-Cow
"Scotty Finds a Home" Scotty, Family, Bully August 23, 1935 Burt Gillett
"Bird Scouts" Birds, Cat September 20, 1935 Burt Gillett
Tom Palmer
"Molly Moo-Cow and the Butterflies" Molly Moo-Cow, Collector, Butterflies November 15, 1935 Burt Gillett
Tom Palmer
  • Third appearance of Molly Moo-Cow
"Molly Moo-Cow and the Indians" Molly Moo-Cow, Indian Squaw, Papoose, Indian Brave, Two Ducks November 15, 1935 Burt Gillett
Tom Palmer
  • Fourth appearance of Molly Moo-Cow
"Molly Moo-Cow and Rip Van Winkle" Molly Moo-Cow, Rip Van Winkle, Little Men November 17, 1935 Burt Gillett
Tom Palmer
  • Fifth appearance of Molly Moo-Cow
"Toonerville Trolley" Toonerville Trolley, Skipper, Katrinka, Molly Moo-Cow, Bull January 17, 1936 Burt Gillett
Tom Palmer
  • First appearance of characters from Toonerville Folks
  • Sixth appearance of Molly Moo-Cow
"The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg" Felix the Cat, Goldie, Captain Kidd, Pirates February 7, 1936 Burt Gillett
Tom Palmer
  • First appearance of Felix the Cat
  • Felix was voiced by Mae Questel
"Molly Moo-Cow and Robinson Crusoe" Molly Moo-Cow, Robinson Crusoe, Cannibals February 28, 1936 Burt Gillett
Tom Palmer
  • Final appearance of Molly Moo-Cow
"Neptune Nonsense" Felix the Cat, King Neptune, Annabelle, Octopus, Electric Eel, Mermaid March 20, 1936 Burt Gillett
Tom Palmer
  • Second appearance of Felix the Cat
"Bold King Cole" Felix the Cat, Old King Cole, Ghosts May 29, 1936 Burt Gillett
  • Final appearance of Felix the Cat
"A Waif's Welcome" Orphan, Mother, Father, Son June 19, 1936 Tom Palmer
"Trolley Ahoy" Toonerville Trolley, Skipper, Mr. Bang, Katrinka July 3, 1936 Burt Gillett
  • Second appearance of characters from Toonerville Folks
"Cupid Gets His Man" Dan Cupid, Edna May Oliver, W.C. Fields July 24, 1936 Tom Palmer
"It's a Greek Life" Centaur, Mercury, Two Ducks August 2, 1936 Dan Gordon
"Toonerville Picnic" Toonerville Trolley, Skipper, Mr. Bang, Katrinka, Dog, Octopus October 2, 1936 Burt Gillett
  • Final Rainbow Parade cartoon
  • Final appearance of characters from Toonerville Folks

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