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Lecture and Short Films: Disneys Colour Technique and Aesthetics in SILLY SYMPHONIES

8. August 2020 | 18:00 - 20:30

Filmstill Three Little Pigs

Colors from the Rainbow: Disney’s Colour Technique and Colour Aesthetics in the SILLY SYMPHONIES

Filmstill Three Little Pigs

In the mid-1920s, even before his first sound film STEAMBOAT WILLIE (1928), Walt Disney had the idea of producing animated films in colour – ideally making use of the whole colour spectrum. He was able to realize this plan in 1932 with the three-colour printing process from Technicolor. The great success of SILLY SYMPHONIES with critics and audiences in the 1930s was due to this groundbreaking technology, but also to Disney’s general efforts to make the best use of colour in his films.

Disney Technicolor Short Film Programme
35mm/digital. 105 mins

We will screen the short films in rarely presented authentic 35mm Technicolor print copies from the DFF film archive and as restored digital copies. The programme includes some of the most popular titles from the SILLY SYMPHONIES series.

The exhibition The Sound of Disney. 1928-1967

Our special exhibition The Sound of Disney. 1928-1967 presents the sound world of Disney classics from August 7, 2020, through January 10, 2021. The exhibition explores the use of music, sounds and dialogues in the original films as well as in the various dubbed versions. It focuses on the period from the short Mickey Mouse cartoons and films from the popular SILLY SYMPHONIES series from the 1920s and 30s to the feature-length masterpieces created during Walt Disney’s lifetime (1901 – 1966): from SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (US 1937) to THE JUNGLE BOOK (US 1967).

Lecture: Megumi Hayakawa (Film scholar, Zürich)

Start of screeening around 7 p.m.

Accompanying programme for The Sound of Disney. 1928-1967



8. August 2020
18:00 - 20:30
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