Color Rhapsodies

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Color Rhapsody opening title, 1934.

Color Rhapsodies was a series of usually one-shot animated cartoon shorts produced by Charles Mintz for Columbia Pictures. They were launched in 1934, following the phenomenal success of Walt Disney's Technicolor Silly Symphonies. Because of Disney's exclusive rights to the full three strip Technicolor process, Color Rhapsodies were produced in the older two-tone Technicolor process until 1935, when Disney's exclusive contract expired.

The Color Rhapsodies series is most notable for introducing the characters of The Fox and the Crow in the 1941 short The Fox and the Grapes. The 1937 Color Rhapsodies short The Little Match Girl was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoons).

Filmography[edit]

1930s[edit]

Title Release date Director Notes
Holiday Land November 11, 1934 (unknown) Academy Award nominee
Babes at Sea December 16, 1934 Arthur Davis
The Shoemaker and the Elves January 20, 1935 Arthur Davis
Make Believe Revue March 24, 1935 (unknown)
A Cat, a Mouse and a Bell May 12, 1935 (unknown)
Little Rover June 23, 1935 (unknown)
Neighbors August 18, 1935 Arthur Davis and Sid Marcus
Monkey Love September 15, 1935 Arthur Davis
The Bon Bon Parade October 13, 1935 (unknown)
Doctor Bluebird January 12, 1936 (unknown)
Football Bugs February 16, 1936 (unknown)
Glee Worms April 5, 1936 (unknown)
The Untrained Seal May 24, 1936 (unknown)
Two Lazy Crows June 14, 1936 (unknown)
In My Gondola July 12, 1936 (unknown)
Merry Mutineers August 16, 1936 (unknown)
Birds in Love September 13, 1936 (unknown)
A Boy and His Dog October 11, 1936 Ub Iwerks
The Novelty Shop November 15, 1936 (unknown)
Gifts from the Air December 13, 1936 (unknown)
Skeleton Frolics January 24, 1937 Ub Iwerks Very similar to The Skeleton Dance, also drawn by Iwerks.
Merry Mannequins February 14, 1937 Ub Iwerks
Let's Go March 14, 1937 Arthur Davis
Mother Hen's Holiday April 11, 1937 (unknown)
The Foxy Pup May 16, 1937 Ub Iwerks
The Stork Takes a Holiday June 13, 1937 (unknown)
Indian Serenade July 18, 1937 Ben Harrison
Spring Festival August 8, 1937 (unknown)
Scary Crows September 20, 1937 (unknown)
Hollywood Picnic October 18, 1937 Sid Marcus
The Air Hostess November 15, 1937 Arthur Davis (uncredited)
The Little Match Girl December 6, 1937 Arthur Davis and Sid Marcus (uncredited) Academy Award nominee
Swing, Monkey, Swing December 26, 1937 (unknown)
Horse on Merry-Go-Round January 16, 1938 Ub Iwerks
The Bluebird's Baby February 13, 1938 Ben Harrison
Snow Time March 13, 1938 Arthur Davis
The Foolish Bunny April 10, 1938 Ub Iwerks
The Big Birdcast May 15, 1938 Ub Iwerks
Window Shopping June 5, 1938 Sid Marcus
Poor Little Butterfly July 4, 1938 Ben Harrison
Poor Elmer July 24, 1938 Sid Marcus
The Frog Pond August 14, 1938 Ub Iwerks
Hollywood Graduation August 28, 1938 Arthur Davis
Animal Cracker Circus September 25, 1938 Ben Harrison
Happy Birthday October 16, 1938 Ub Iwerks
Midnight Frolics November 6, 1938 Ub Iwerks
Little Moth's Big Flame December 4, 1938 Sid Marcus
The Kangaroo Kid December 25, 1938 Ben Harrison
Peaceful Neighbors January 29, 1939 Sid Marcus
The Gorilla Hunt February 26, 1939 Ub Iwerks
Happy Tots March 26, 1939 Ben Harrison
The House That Jack Built April 16, 1939 Sid Marcus
Lucky Pigs May 21, 1939 Ben Harrison
Nell's Yells June 25, 1939 Ub Iwerks
Hollywood Sweepstakes July 23, 1939 Ben Harrison
Jitterbug Knights August 13, 1939 Sid Marcus
Crop Chasers September 17, 1939 Ub Iwerks
Dreams on Ice October 22, 1939 Sid Marcus
Mountain Ears November 5, 1939 Manny Gould
Mother Goose in Swingtime December 10, 1939 Manny Gould

1940s[edit]

Title Release date Director Notes
A Boy, a Gun and Birds January 14, 1940 Ben Harrison
The Happy Tots' Expedition February 4, 1940 Ben Harrison
Blackboard Revue March 17, 1940 Ub Iwerks
The Greyhound and the Rabbit April 14, 1940 Sid Marcus
The Egg Hunt May 26, 1940 Ub Iwerks
Ye Olde Swap Shoppe June 23, 1940 Ub Iwerks
The Timid Pup July 14, 1940 Ben Harrison
Tangled Television August 11, 1940 Sid Marcus
Mr. Elephant Goes to Town October 13, 1940 Arthur Davis
The Mad Hatter November 3, 1940 Sid Marcus
Wise Owl December 8, 1940 Ub Iwerks
A Helping Paw January 12, 1941 Sid Marcus
The Way of All Pests February 23, 1941 Arthur Davis
The Carpenters March 16, 1941 Paul Fennell
The Land of Fun April 13, 1941 Sid Marcus
Tom Thumb's Brother June 15, 1941 Sid Marcus
The Cuckoo I.Q. July 27, 1941 Sid Marcus
Who's Zoo in Hollywood October 19, 1941 Sid Marcus
The Fox and the Grapes November 16, 1941 Frank Tashlin
Red Riding Hood Rides Again December 28, 1941 Sid Marcus
A Hollywood Detour January 25, 1942 Frank Tashlin
Wacky Wigwams February 22, 1942 Alec Geiss
Concerto in B Flat Minor March 22, 1942 Bob Wickersham
Cinderella Goes to a Party June 7, 1942 Alec Geiss
Woodsman, Spare That Tree July 19, 1942 Arthur Davis
Song of Victory September 13, 1942 Bob Wickersham
Tito's Guitar October 25, 1942 Bob Wickersham
Toll Bridge Troubles November 29, 1942 Bob Wickersham
King Midas, Junior December 27, 1942 John Hubley and Paul Sommer
Slay It with Flowers January 17, 1943 Bob Wickersham
There's Something About a Soldier February 28, 1943 Alec Geiss
Professor Small and Mr. Tall March 28, 1943 John Hubley and Paul Sommer
Plenty Below Zero April 25, 1943 Bob Wickersham
Tree for Two June 20, 1943 Bob Wickersham
He Can't Make It Stick July 25, 1943 John Hubley and Paul Sommer
A-Hunting We Won't Go August 22, 1943 Bob Wickersham
The Rocky Road to Ruin October 24, 1943 Paul Sommer
Imagination November 13, 1943 Bob Wickersham Academy Award nominee
The Herring Murder Mystery January 22, 1944 Dun Roman
The Disillusioned Bluebird June 17, 1944 Howard Swift
Dog, Cat, and Canary January 15, 1945 Howard Swift Academy Award nominee
Rippling Romance June 23, 1945 Bob Wickersham Studio's final Academy Award nominee
Fiesta Time July 14, 1945 Bob Wickersham
Hot Foot Lights August 4, 1945 Howard Swift
Carnival Courage November 11, 1945 Howard Swift
River Ribber December 16, 1945 Paul Sommer
Polar Playmates April 27, 1946 Howard Swift
Picnic Panic June 22, 1946 Bob Wickersham
Loco Lobo January 18, 1947 Howard Swift
Cockatoos for Two February 22, 1947 Bob Wickersham
Mother Hubba-Hubba-Hubbard March 29, 1947 Bob Wickersham
Up N' Atom July 12, 1947 Sid Marcus
Swiss Tease September 13, 1947 Sid Marcus
Kitty Caddy November 6, 1947 Sid Marcus
Boston Beany[1] December 4, 1947 Sid Marcus
Flora March 18, 1948 Alex Lovy
Lo, the Poor Buffal November 14, 1948 Alex Lovy
Grape Nutty April 14, 1949 Alex Lovy
Cat-Tastrophy June 30, 1949 Sid Marcus

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Maltin, Leonard (1987). Of Mice and Magic (revised edition). p. 418. ISBN 0-452-25993-2. 

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