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Frolicking Fish (1930)

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.

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Burt Gillett (uncredited)
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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.

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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

8 May 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kabarett Untersee See more »

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Mono

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Black and White (green tinted)

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1.37 : 1
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Originally released with green tinting. See more »

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Featured in Ink & Paint Club: Silly Symphonies Get Wet (1997) See more »

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The Silly Symphony with the dancing fish in it, definitely not one of the gems of the series!

One day under the briny deep many playing and prancing fish buddies find themselves beset by the pitiless slimy menace of the dreaded local mean octopus, who just can't bear to see them having a good time until he is rather gruesomely squished by an anchor and is totally dead, the end! Well there sure isn't much to this one, just pretty unappealingly designed fish and a few other sea creatures just dancing and doing their actions in time to the cute old timey music, which was what most of these earliest Symphonies were really, they were just interested in playing it safe and weren't quite ready to try out making short animations that were a touch more substantial. The grungy old look of this, to me instantly feels way more Max Fleischer than Walt Disney, and the sound was really grating and horrid to me. The most enjoyment I got out of it were some of the lovely details of the sea floor environment and the 'murky' shimmer effect which constantly drifts across the screen, I thought that was some sharp stuff for the time. I think the most impressive animation was done on the swirling tentacles of the octopus, they're all in motion at once and it was very well done and meticulously detailed. Sight gag wise it was pretty thin but I did like when the fish were rising on the bubbles that the much larger fish was burping out, that was something inventive. So this short is nothing particularly special, it's of interest mainly to fans and completionists of the early Disney cartoons. It's cute, but toss this old guppy back! X


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