The Miller’s Daughter (1934)

Article 4213 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 4-26-2013
Directed by Friz Freleng
Voice cast unknown
Country: USA
What it is: Whimsical animation

When a porcelain statue of a miller’s daughter is broken by a cat, the owner disposes of its remains in an attic. Its companion statue, a boy shepherd, comes to life and seeks out the daughter in order to repair her.

As far as the fantastic content goes, we get inanimate objects coming to life as well as a few dancing skeletons. Those who like caricatures will find that the Three Stooges appear as the “see no evil” monkeys and sing the title song. It’s a pretty typical cartoon of the period; it has only the thinnest whisper of a plot, it seems to mostly exist for the singing and dancing, and it has a villain show up in the second half (in this case, a statue of a lion comes to life and begins chasing the shepherd’s lamb) for a bit of action. This one is pretty ordinary on all counts.

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