Flowers and Trees, released on July 30, 1932, is part of Walt Disney’s Silly Symphony series of cartoon shorts. Set to classical music, the film features flowers, trees, mushrooms, birds, and other living things waking on a lovely spring morning. Two young trees are in love, and a third, older tree is clearly jealous. The older tree starts a fire in anger after losing a fight, but the birds are there to save the day.
Flowers and Trees was the first commercially released film to use three-strip Technicolor, which helped propel the film to win the first Academy Award for Animated Short Subjects. Walt Disney would go on to win this category with other short cartoons the next 10 out of 11 years!
There are 75 short animated films in Walt Disney’s Silly Symphony series. Familiar titles include:
- The Skeleton Dance (1929)
- The Ugly Duckling (1931)
- The Three Little Pigs (1933)
- The Wise Little Hen (1934) – The first appearance of Donald Duck
- The Tortoise and the Hare (1935)
The Silly Symphony series gave Walt the freedom to experiment with animation, special effects, and story telling. This undoubtedly paved the way for his future success in full-length animated films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which was released in 1937.