FLOWERS AND TREES (1932)
Article 4137 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Burt Gillett
No voice cast
What it is: Disney Silly Symphony
Two young trees strike up a romance, but a jealous tree stump, angry at having been rejected, sets fire to the forest.
This is a Disney short from the era when they were the dominant force in cartoon shorts. This was the first three-strip Technicolor cartoon and it netted Disney the first of his 32 Oscars. It’s a charming piece of whimsy, with dancing anthropomorphic trees and flowers filling up the screen. The story is simple, but the story isn’t really the point; it’s the excellent and innovative animation that makes this one, as well as its fine use of music.