The Old Mill

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The Old Mill
Poster for The Old Mill
Poster for The Old Mill
Directed by Wilfred Jackson
Produced by Walt Disney
Music by Leigh Harline
Production
company
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release dates November 5, 1937
Running time 9 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Old Mill is a 1937 Silly Symphonies cartoon produced by Walt Disney, directed by Wilfred Jackson, scored by Leigh Harline, and released to theatres by RKO Radio Pictures on November 5, 1937. The film depicts the natural community of animals populating an old abandoned windmill in the country, and how they deal with a severe thunderstorm that nearly destroys their habitat. It incorporates the song "One Day When We Were Young" from Johann Strauss II's operetta The Gypsy Baron.

Like many of the later Silly Symphonies, The Old Mill was a testing-ground for advanced animation techniques. Marking the first use of Disney's multiplane camera, the film also incorporates realistic depictions of animal behavior, complex lighting and color effects, depictions of rain, wind, lightning, ripples, splashes and reflections, three-dimensional rotation of detailed objects, and the use of timing to produce specific dramatic and emotional effects. All of the lessons learned from making The Old Mill would subsequently be incorporated into Disney's feature-length animated films, especially 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.[1]

Awards and accolades[edit]

Homages[edit]

Disney California Adventure[edit]

The Old Mill is featured in the World of Color show at Disney California Adventure.[citation needed]

Disneyland[edit]

The three mills from the short were seen in miniature on the Storybook Land Canal Boats ride at Disneyland. Beginning December 20, 2014, they were replaced by landmarks from Disney's Frozen. The miniature windmills were put into storage by Walt Disney Imagineering.[4]

Disneyland Paris[edit]

The Old Mill is represented at Fantasyland at Disneyland Paris by a building resembling a Dutch windmill, which serves drinks and snacks.[5][6]

The Simpsons[edit]

The Old Mill was parodied in The Simpsons episode "Bart Has Two Mommies", where Homer tries to win a rubber duck race by making his rubber duck cross the finish line first. The duck however floats to an abandoned windmill very similar to the one in the classic Disney short, with a sign declaring: "The Old Mill." The scene where the duck is nearly squashed by the water wheel is a direct reference to the most famous scene of The Old Mill. Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse B" is heard in the scene where Homer protected the duck from the water wheel.[citation needed]

Release[edit]

The Old Mill was released on Blu-ray on March 1, 2011, on the Bambi Diamond Editions Blu-ray disc as a special feature.[7]

Influence[edit]

The Old Mill was stated by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki as his favorite Disney film.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas, Bob. Walt Disney: An American Original. Simon & Schuster, 1976, p. 134.
  2. ^ The Old Mill at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Most Popular Short Films, IMDb
  4. ^ Slater, Shawn (December 5, 2014). "New ‘Frozen Fun’ Opens at Disneyland Resort January 7". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ Disneyland Paris - The Old Mill
  6. ^ yourdisneylandparis.co.uk - Snacks
  7. ^ Calonge, Juan (December 10, 2010). "Bambi Diamond Edition Blu-ray Detailed". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  8. ^ Collin, Robbie (2 August 2013). "Studio Ghibli: Japan's dream factory". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 

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