Toby Tortoise Returns

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Toby Tortoise Returns
Silly Symphonies series
Directed by Wilfred Jackson
Produced by Walt Disney
Story by William Cottrell
Joe Grant
Ward Kimball
Bob Kuwahara
Voices by Eddie Holden
Ned Norton
Martha Wentworth
Music by Frank Churchill
Leigh Harline
Animation by Ward Kimball
Dick Lundy
Robert Stokes
Dick Huemer
Rollin Hamilton
Milt Kahl
Isadore Klein
Marvin Woodward[1]
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s)
  • August 22, 1936 (1936-08-22)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7 minutes
Language English

Toby Tortoise Returns is an animated Technicolor cartoon in Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies series. It was directed by Wilfred Jackson. It is a sequel to The Tortoise and the Hare. It premiered on August 22, 1936.[2]

This time the plot revolves around a boxing match. The short features characters from other Silly Symphonies, including Donald Duck, Elmer Elephant and Tillie Tiger from Elmer Elephant, Fifer Pig, Fiddler Pig, Practical Pig and the Big Bad Wolf from Three Little Pigs, and Jenny Wren and the cuckoo from Who Killed Cock Robin?.[2] It was released in VHS, Laserdisc, and DVD formats in various countries.[2]


Max Hare is boxing Toby Tortoise, and beating him severely in round one. Between rounds, Jenny Wren from Who Killed Cock Robin? tells Toby she "likes a man who takes his time", which seems to reinvigorate him. Come round two, Max deals out what should be the finishing blow, but Toby pulls into his shell to avoid the fists. Feeling robbed, Max demands that Toby come out and face him, but Toby says he feels safer in his shell. Max tries to make him come out by dumping a bucket of water in Toby's shell, but Toby pops out wearing a diving helmet then ducks back into his shell. At the end of his patience, Max fills his shell with fireworks to draw out Toby. This backfires, however, as Toby begins unintentionally shooting fireworks in Max's direction. One firework sends Max flying out of the arena with the paramedics who were waiting to take Toby to the hospital. Once the fireworks stop, Toby is declared the winner.


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