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Director(s)Walt Disney
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The Skeleton Dance (1929) was a Animation - Family Film directed by Walt Disney and produced by Walt Disney.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: The Skeleton Dance (1929)

on Oct 26, 2013 From True Classics

1929 was a good year for Walt Disney: his seminal creation, Mickey Mouse, had just broken out as a huge star in the wake of the immensely popular short¬†Steamboat Willie¬†(1928). That cartoon’s success led to a series of sound-synchronized Mickey cartoons being released to theaters, two of which... Read full article


The Skeleton Dance (1929)

By KC on Oct 31, 2009 From Classic Movies

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Joseph Barbera tells in his autobiography "My Life in 'toons: From Flatbush to Bedrock in Under a Century", he saw "The Skeleton Dance" at the third balcony of the grand Roxy Theater in New York: "I saw it about seventy miles from the screen, but the impact on me was tremendous nevertheless. I saw these skeletons dancing in a row and in unison, and I asked myself: How do you *do* that? How do you make that happen?"
At the time, Walt Disney distributed his films through a company run by Pat Powers. But Powers couldn't sell it to distributors (who found the dancing skeletons odd and even gruesome). Undeterred, Disney was able to have the film screened at the Carthay Circle Theater in Los Angeles, where it was a rousing success.
Worried that he would be too dependent on Mickey, Walt Disney wanted to diversify. Carl W. Stalling came up with the idea of producing "musical novelties" (which would later become "Silly Symphonies"). He even came up with the idea of the dancing skeletons for the first of the series (as a child he had seen an ad in "The American Boy" magazine for a dancing skeleton and the image stuck with him).
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