Columbia Pictures Short Subjects

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1. The Skeleton Dance (1929)

Approved | 6 min | Animation, Family, Short

The clock strikes midnight, the bats fly from the belfry, a dog howls at the full moon, and two black cats fight in the cemetery: a perfect time for four skeletons to come out and dance a bit.

Director: Walt Disney

Votes: 3,854

2. El terrible toreador (1929)

6 min | Comedy, Animation, Family

A Spanish cantina. The toreador enters, sees the waitress being harassed, and confronts the military/police type doing the harassment. She comes to the bullfight.

Director: Walt Disney

Votes: 282

3. Springtime (1929)

6 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Flowers, insects, and a crow family all dance to a jaunty tune celebrating spring. After a brief storm, grasshoppers, frogs, and spiders cavort to the Dance of the Hours.

Director: Walt Disney

Votes: 350

4. Hell's Bells (1929)

6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The demons of hell play music for Satan, whose delight turns to wrath when an insubordinate refuses to become food for Cerberus.

Director: Ub Iwerks

Votes: 498

5. The Merry Dwarfs (1929)

6 min | Family, Comedy, Animation

A band of dwarfs dance while they work and play in the forest.

Director: Walt Disney

Votes: 262

6. Summer (1930)

6 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The bugs of summer frolic and dance.

Director: Ub Iwerks

Votes: 243

7. Autumn (1930)

6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The season series of Silly Symphonies continues, with squirrels storing nuts and corn, crows stealing it, beavers building a dam, ducks migrating, and the like, as the first snows fall.

Director: Ub Iwerks

Votes: 242

8. Cannibal Capers (1930)

6 min | Family, Animation, Short

One day in the life of cannibals with a gypsy soul and lion-chef.

Director: Burt Gillett

Votes: 230

9. Frolicking Fish (1930)

6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The title pretty much says it: fish and other marine life dance and frolic to various tunes. An octopus keeps spoiling the fun in various ways.

Director: Burt Gillett

Votes: 225

10. Arctic Antics (1930)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A collection of arctic animals (seals, walruses, polar bears, penguins) float by on ice floes and on shore, performing various musical numbers.

Director: Ub Iwerks

Votes: 233

11. Midnight in a Toy Shop (1930)

7 min | Musical, Family, Animation

A spider sneaks in to a toy store and sees the toys come to life as he plays a tune on the toy piano and record player.

Director: Wilfred Jackson

Votes: 247

12. Night (1930)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The moon and two owls sing to the Blue Danube Waltz, celebrating the night. Moths dance around a candle flame, fireflies glow, frogs chorus, and so forth.

Director: Walt Disney

Votes: 236

13. Monkey Melodies (1930)

7 min | Family, Musical, Animation

The monkeys are swinging; their song and dance routine has other jungle creatures joining in. And two monkeys in love chase and kiss. But the hungry crocodiles lie in wait (and dance the soft shoe)...

Director: Burt Gillett

Votes: 206

14. Winter (1930)

7 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

In the last of the Silly Symphonies season cycle, bears hibernate (or try to), raccoons sneeze, moose swim, and pretty much everyone ice skates. Everyone gathers around the groundhog to see what happens.

Director: Burt Gillett

Votes: 244

15. Playful Pan (1930)

7 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The mythological satyr plays some tunes on his pipes and gets various flora and fauna dancing to them. Two clouds also dance; they bump into each other, causing lightning strikes that start... See full summary »

Director: Burt Gillett

Votes: 214

16. Birds of a Feather (1931)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Comedy, Musical

Swans swim by; a peacock displays its plumage in glorious black-and-white while a passing duck jeers; assorted songbirds chirp; a woodpecker chases a caterpillar; a chorus of owls croons. A... See full summary »

Director: Burt Gillett | Star: Florence Gill

Votes: 297

17. Mother Goose Melodies (1931)

Approved | 8 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

An extremely large Old King Cole sings his story. His "fiddlers three" turn out to be the Three Blind Mice. And his book is Mother Goose, which illustrates Little Miss Muffett, Jack and ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Gillett | Stars: Marion Darlington, Walt Disney, Allan Watson

Votes: 396

18. The China Plate (1931)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Fantasy

The emperor's musicians play their instruments (and a stray cat) while the ladies of the court dance. Meanwhile, the children fish and play. But soon, the children anger the emperor, who ... See full summary »

Director: Wilfred Jackson

Votes: 341

19. The Busy Beavers (1931)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

A group of beavers goes about their dam-building, musically. The rain comes, and washes the dam away.

Director: Burt Gillett

Votes: 350

20. The Cat's Out (1931)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The family cat, out for the night, stalks and catches a bird singing atop the weathervane, but it flies off, pulling the cat and weathervane down and knocking the cat out. The cat has a ... See full summary »

Director: Wilfred Jackson

Votes: 193

21. Egyptian Melodies (1931)

Approved | 6 min | Animation, Short, Family

A spider sneaks into the Sphinx and has several spooky encounters.

Director: Wilfred Jackson

Votes: 460

22. The Clock Store (1931)

7 min | Family, Comedy, Animation

The various clocks and watches in a clock store dance, ring alarms musically, and otherwise entertain us in an after hours presentation.

Director: Wilfred Jackson

Votes: 198

23. The Spider and the Fly (1931)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A kitchen is filled with houseflies. A spider wakes up and plays his web like a harp, attracting a pair of them; the female is trapped, and the male summons the cavalry, which arrives ... See full summary »

Director: Wilfred Jackson

Votes: 209

24. The Fox Hunt (1931)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

It's morning in the English countryside and time for the gentry to participate in their favorite sport: the fox hunt.

Director: Wilfred Jackson

Votes: 152

25. The Ugly Duckling (1931)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Short

A black duckling is rejected by its mother, a hen, but manages to prove his worth when a tornado threatens the hen's chicks.

Director: Wilfred Jackson | Star: Florence Gill

Votes: 918

26. The Bird Store (1932)

7 min | Comedy, Animation, Musical

Pet shop birds defend themselves from a hungry cat.

Director: Wilfred Jackson | Stars: Marion Darlington, Purv Pullen

Votes: 167

27. Fiddling Around (1930)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey comes onstage to the applause of an unseen audience and plays various classical tunes on the violin, after some minor mishaps. During a sad song, he is overcome with emotion and has to stop.

Director: Walt Disney | Star: Walt Disney

Votes: 276

28. The Cactus Kid (1930)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey rescues cantina singer Minnie from the unwanted advances of Pegleg Pete.

Director: Walt Disney | Stars: Marcellite Garner, Walt Disney

Votes: 341

29. The Fire Fighters (1930)

Approved | 7 min | Comedy, Family, Animation

Mickey and his ragtag crew of firefighters have to save a burning building and Minnie.

Director: Burt Gillett | Stars: Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner

Votes: 390

30. The Shindig (1930)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Another barn dance. Minnie plays piano; Mickey plays fiddle, then percussion, then harmonica. Mickey dances with the huge Patricia Pig.

Director: Burt Gillett | Stars: Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner

Votes: 272

31. The Chain Gang (1930)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey Mouse escapes from prison.

Director: Burt Gillett | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney

Votes: 436

32. The Gorilla Mystery (1930)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Family

A gorilla has escaped; Mickey, panicked, calls Minnie, but she plays a song to show she is not afraid. That is, until the gorilla comes up behind her and grabs her. Mickey rushes right over to save her.

Director: Burt Gillett | Stars: Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner

Votes: 358

33. The Picnic (1930)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Summertime, and Mickey takes Minnie on a picnic. While Pluto is chasing a rabbit, and Mickey and Minnie are doing a courtship dance, every animal in the woods is busy making off with their ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Gillett | Stars: Marcellite Garner, Walt Disney

Votes: 280

34. Pioneer Days (1930)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey and Minnie are on a wagon train; they camp for the night, unaware that Indians have spotted them and are doing a war dance. The attack comes, and Minnie is captured.

Director: Burt Gillett | Stars: Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner

Votes: 294

35. The Birthday Party (1931)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey's friends throw him a wild surprise birthday party.

Director: Burt Gillett | Stars: Marcellite Garner, Walt Disney

Votes: 378

36. Traffic Troubles (1931)

7 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Mickey is driving a taxi. His first fare is a very large gentleman. Mickey stops traffic and gets a tongue-lashing from the officer. The cab runs into some bad road, bounces the fare down ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Gillett | Stars: Marcellite Garner, Walt Disney

Votes: 306

37. The Castaway (1931)

7 min | Family, Comedy, Animation

Mickey, apparently shipwrecked, is on a raft; he washes up on a tropical island, where a banana tree takes care of his hunger. He then discovers a piano that washed ashore, and begins ... See full summary »

Director: Wilfred Jackson | Star: Walt Disney

Votes: 344

38. The Moose Hunt (1931)

7 min | Comedy, Family, Animation

Mickey's hunting, along with a characteristically playful and distracted (and uncharacteristically talkative) Pluto. Pluto fetches a forked branch, and Mickey shoots, mistaking it for ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Gillett | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Walt Disney

Votes: 272

39. The Delivery Boy (1931)

8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Delivery boy Mickey encounters Minnie washing clothes and singing. He stops for a quick song and dance with her. Meanwhile, Pluto gets tangled up in tar. Mickey sends a beehive flying; it ... See full summary »

Director: Burt Gillett | Stars: Marcellite Garner, Walt Disney

Votes: 239

40. Mickey Steps Out (1931)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy