RELEASE DATE: Thursday 22nd August 1929
SYNOPSIS: When all is dark in the graveyard, skeletons rise from their graves and dance the night away! This cartoon is most notable for being the very first in the "Silly Symphonies" series. All up, there were 75 Silly Symphony cartoons made between 1929 and 1939. They were often used to try out new ideas and experiment with music, colour and animation techniques.
HAKU: This one just felt like a "demo." It seemed more primitive than the Mickey Mouse cartoons we just watched. Obviously there's a lot less characterisation, but I felt like it lacked a bit of purpose.
I could be wrong, but I have a feeling that would have been trickier to animate than the Mickey cartoons. Ub Iwerks, or whoever did the animation, would have to know the skeleton anatomy pretty well, and how it would look if it turned at different angles. Granted, they are cartoony-looking skeletons. But whereas Mickey could have his entire mid-section yanked away by Pete and then shove it right back into his pants, these skeletons move around like real skeletons. That's not to say there aren't creative ways they move though!