|Happy Harmonies series|
The Happy Harmonies title card
Paul Fennell (all uncredited)
|Music by||Scott Bradley|
|Animation by||Paul Fennell|
|Distributed by||Loew's Inc|
|Release date(s)||June 4, 1936|
|Color process||Technicolor (3-hue)|
|Running time||9 minutes|
To Spring is a 1936 animated musical short distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The cartoon is a Harman and Ising production, released as part of the Happy Harmonies series. Although the production credit goes to Harman and Ising this short was actually the first cartoon to be directed by the future cartoon giant William Hanna, along with animator Paul Fennell.
This short animates the changing of the seasons through the eyes of the gnomes responsible for spring, as well as their hard work that makes it possible. A dark cloud with a deep bellowing voice is used to animate winter, and the elements which nature must fight to put this season behind us. The title To Spring is play on words used to represent the season of spring and action the gnomes must take to wake up and get to work. This cartoon uses the bold and vibrant colors synonymous with springtime, and is an excellent example of the Technicolor process that was very popular at the time.
Public domain status
This film was first unofficially released on 16mm film by Kit-Parker Films as a Max Fleischer cartoon. This was deemed false by fans, as they were aware of it being an MGM/Harman-Ising cartoon. Surprisingly, the cartoon was also believed to be in the public domain.
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