Disney In Concert: A Silly Symphony
I’ve been playing the violin since I was 12 years old and I’ve always been a huge fan of orchestral arrangements so I was really excited to attend the Silly Symphony at the D23 Expo.
I honestly didn’t know the history behind the silly symphony.
Walt Disney’s Silly Symphony short films were a workshop for experimentation in the animation process. It also provided a venue to try out techniques and technologies that would eventually be used in feature-length animated films. Vast improvements were made during this time in creating believable character animation, special effects animation, and dramatic storytelling in animation.
For example, Flowers and Trees was the first commercially released film to be produced in the full-color three-strip Technicolor process. The animation was already in production, but Walt Disney had them scrap it and start over to use the Technicolor process.
We enjoyed a live concert performance featuring a 32-piece orchestra celebrating the Silly Symphony animated short films and their accompanying music, hosted by film historian Leonard Maltin. It was amazing to watch the films with a live orchestra. They were perfectly timed.
It was amazing how much emotion I could feel while watching The Ugly Duckling and hearing the music. We were told that the key ingredient to The Ugly Duckling was lots of heart and they weren’t kidding.
The music was performed as it would have been recorded during those historic days at the Disney Studios on Hyperion Avenue in the 1920s and ’30s. The concert event showcased the music of the Three Little Pigs, The Old Mill and many other classics.
Now here’s the coolest part – You can actually bring home the music behind the Silly Symphonies!
The Silly Symphony Collection is a first-of-its-kind box set from Walt Disney Records and Fairfax Classics featuring the complete restored soundtracks from all 75 Silly Symphony shorts from 1929-1939, with more than 8 hours of music over 16 vinyl LPs. It also includes a Digital Download for the entire set. You can order your set here.