The Skeleton Dance Turns 85

Maria H. (ndm#130) (2664 Posts)

A Disney blooded, crafty, fun-lovin' wife/mom/organizer/planner, etc who is obsessed with all things Disney ūüôā Maria grew up with the Magic Kingdom and has loved watching WDW evolve into what it is today. A firm believer in the Power of Pixie Dust, she is the owner of The Disney Driven Life - A Community for Neurotic Disney People & a d.i.y. crafty blog, Carousel of Projects - create~inspire~share.


The_skeleton_dance_2largeOn August 22, 1929, Walt Disney Productions released the first of new line of cartoon shorts called Silly Symphonies.  The Skeleton Dance, was about four skeletons dancing & making music around a graveyard. Directed by Walt Disney and animated by Ub Iwerks, this short was voted #18 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time in 1994.

The Skeleton Dance & the Skeletons have been featured in many modern day productions as well. You may have seen them in one of the following-

  • “Grim Grinning Ghosts” segment of Disney Sing-A-Long videos
  • the LucasArts game, Monkey Island II
  • Disney’s House of Mouse
  • As a bonus feature in Epic Mickey 2
  • a deleted scene in Hotel Transylvania

Notably, Silly Symphonies is¬†known for the use of Walt Disney Studio’s multiplane motion picture camera, the introduction of Donald Duck(1934) and Technicolor(1935). Silly Symphonies ran from 1929-1939 and produced 75 cartoon shorts.

Maria H. (ndm#130)

A Disney blooded, crafty, fun-lovin' wife/mom/organizer/planner, etc who is obsessed with all things Disney :) Maria grew up with the Magic Kingdom and has loved watching WDW evolve into what it is today. A firm believer in the Power of Pixie Dust, she is the owner of The Disney Driven Life - A Community for Neurotic Disney People & a d.i.y. crafty blog, Carousel of Projects - create~inspire~share.

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