Old King Cole (film)

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Old King Cole
Old King Cole (Disney film).jpg
Directed byDavid Hand
Produced byWalt Disney
Color processTechnicolor
Production
company
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
July 29, 1933
Running time
7:15 min
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Old King Cole is a 1933 Disney cartoon in the Silly Symphonies series, based on several nursery rhymes and fairy tales, including Old King Cole. It was directed by David Hand and released on July 29, 1933.

It's a semi remake of the 1931 Silly Symphony short Mother Goose Melodies, but in color, with more details and technically advanced animation.

Plot[edit]

One evening in Storyland, the story book "Old King Cole" opens itself and the king's castle folds open. Other story and nursery rhyme books do the same thing and several famous characters leave their homes to go Old King Cole's party. There, all characters have a small sing-and-dance act. When the Ten Little Indians get on the stage, their dance is so catchy that Old King Cole and all the other characters join in as well. After Old Mother Hubbard accidentally pushes King Cole into a fountain, the mice from Hickory Dickory Dock tell everyone that it's midnight and that everyone should go home. All the characters return to their books, and King Cole sings a farewell song to everybody and puts out a bottle of milk for the milkman before he runs back inside and the cartoon closes.

Characters portrayed[edit]

The cartoon featured popular Nursery Rhyme and Fairy Tale characters. Depicted in the cartoon in chronological order are:

Composers' Credits (Lyrics and Music)[1][2][edit]

  • KING COLE'S PARTY (Opening Song), Bert Lewis[3][4]
  • PIPER MAN, Frank Churchill
  • LITTLE BOY BLUE, Frank Churchill
  • CROOKED MAN, Frank Churchill
  • KING COLE'S WELCOME SONG, Bert Lewis
  • MARY, MARY QUITE CONTRARY, Frank Churchill
  • SIMPLE SIMON, Frank Churchill
  • THREE LITTLE KITTENS, Bert Lewis
  • THREE BLIND MICE and TEN LITTLE INDIANS, Bert Lewis and Frank Churchill
  • HICKORY DICKORY DOCK, Bert Lewis
  • KING COLE'S GOOD-NIGHT SONG, Bert Lewis and Frank Churchill
  • THE STORY BOOK CLOSES, Bert Lewis

Influence[edit]

In comparison with Disney's previous version of the same plot ("Mother Goose Melodies") "Old King Cole" is in colour and has a more detailed look. Both story and animation are much better executed. This plot of this cartoon was very influential. Various cartoons have made use of a storyline in which story books come to life and the protagonists of the stories interact with each other. For instance Mother Goose Goes Hollywood (1938) and The Truth About Mother Goose (1957) by the Disney Studios themselves, the Betty Boop cartoon Mother Goose Land (1933) by the Fleischer Studios and Have You Got Any Castles? (1938), A Gander at Mother Goose (1940), A Coy Decoy (1941) and Book Revue (1946) by the Looney Tunes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schroeder, Russell (2016). Old King Cole - A Walt Disney - Silly Symphony. Asheville, NC: Voigt Publications. pp. 1–31. ISBN 978-1-5323-0472-9.
  2. ^ Bohn, James (2017). Music in Disney's Animated Features. Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi. pp. 15–16, 20, 22, 26–28, 40–41, 44, 55, . ISBN 978-1-4968-1214-8.
  3. ^ "Bert Lewis". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-08-24.
  4. ^ "Composed by Bert Lewis (great grandfather) - YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 2017-08-24.

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