The Golden Touch (1935)

Article 5227 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 8-13-2016
Directed by Walt Disney
Featuring the voice of Billy Bletcher
Country: USA
What it is: Disney Silly Symphony

A greedy king is given the ability to have everything he touches turn to gold by an elf, but he discovers the power is a curse.

Here’s a musical cartoon version of the famous story of King Midas, and if you’re familiar with it, there’s not a whole lot of surprises here in the plot. The opening song about gold is fun, though, and the story even has some touches of horror when he begins to see visions of death surrounding him when he discovers he is unable to eat. It’s also quite well animated; in fact, this short would be the last time that Walt Disney would hold the directorial reins himself. However, Disney himself hated the short and refused to talk about it, which is probably why it was his last one as a director. It’s a decent enough cartoon, but not one of the studio’s best.


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