ComiColor Cartoons

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ComiColor opening title, 1933.

The ComiColor Cartoon series was a series of 25 animated short subjects produced by the Ub Iwerks studio from 1933 to 1936. The series was the last produced by the studio; after losing distributor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1934, the Iwerks studio's senior company Celebrity Pictures (run by Pat Powers) had to distribute the films itself. The series was shot exclusively in Cinecolor.

Most of the ComiColor entries were based upon popular fairy tales and other familiar stories, including Jack and the Beanstalk, Old Mother Hubbard, The Bremen Town Musicians, and The Headless Horseman. Grim Natwick, Al Eugster, and Shamus Culhane were among the series' lead animators/directors, and a number of the shorts were filmed using Iwerks' multiplane camera, which he built himself from the remains of a Chevrolet automobile.

All of the ComiColor cartoons are now available in the 2004 Region 2 ComiColor DVD set released by Mk2/Lobster in France. Many are available in Region 1, in particular on the Cartoons That Time Forgot series.

Filmography[edit]

Some of these short films are in the public domain. An asterisk (*) next to the original release date indicates that such titles are in the public domain. All shorts produced and released in the years 1935 and 1936, with the exception of "Little Black Sambo", are in the public domain.

1933-34[edit]

Film Original release date
Jack and the Beanstalk November 25, 1933
The Little Red Hen February 17, 1934
The Brave Tin Soldier April 7
Puss in Boots May 19
The Queen of Hearts June 22
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp August 10
The Headless Horseman September 29
The Valiant Tailor (The King's Tailor - Castle Films) October 27 *
Don Quixote November 24
Jack Frost December 22 *

1935[edit]

Film Original release date
Little Black Sambo February 2, 1935
The Bremen Town Musicians March 2 *
Old Mother Hubbard March 30 *
Mary's Little Lamb April 27 *
Summertime June 15 *
Sinbad the Sailor July 26 *
The Three Bears August 30 *
Balloon Land (The Pincushion Man - Castle Films) September 27 *
Simple Simon November 15 *
Humpty Dumpty December 27 *

1936[edit]

Film Original release date
Ali Baba January 31, 1936 *
Tom Thumb March 27 *
Dick Whittington's Cat May 29 *
Little Boy Blue (The Big Bad Wolf - Castle Films) July 31 *
Happy Days September 25 *

References[edit]

  • Leslie Iwerks and John Kenworthy, The Hand Behind the Mouse (Disney Editions, 2001) and documentary of the same name (DVD, 1999)
  • Leonard Maltin, Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons (Penguin Books, 1987)
  • Jeff Lenburg, The Great Cartoon Directors (Da Capo Press, 1993)

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