Today, on the centennial anniversary of the institution, which over time has gained more departments and entered boldly into the production of live-action cinema, while expanding to other countries and continents, we would like to wish Walt Disney Animation Studios at least another hundred years of activity in various fields of filmmaking. But above all, we would like to continue the mission started by Walt and Roy Disney to build lasting bridges between generations through the art of animation and to continuously stimulate the imagination of viewers of all ages and latitudes,
During the 31st edition of the EnergaCAMERIMAGE Film Festival, which will take place from November 11-18 this year in Torun, we will celebrate the centennial of Walt Disney Animation Studios by screening some of the studio’s rich output.
SELECTED SHORTS FROM WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS:
CLOCK CLEANERS (1937)
Director: Ben Sharpsteen
Mickey, Donald and Goofy ring the bell for comedy and animated antics in this timely short which finds the intrepid trio attempting to clean a huge clock on a high tower. Mickey sets out to rescue Goofy, who is struck by a ringing bell and staggers dazedly onto a flagpole, while Donald battles a cantankerous mainspring he is trying to clean.
THE OLD MILL (1937)
Director: Wilfred Jackson
This milestone Silly Symphony cartoon won an Academy Award® for Best Cartoon, and garnered Walt Disney a separate award in the Scientific and Technical Class (for the design and application of the multiplane camera). The film dramatically depicts a stormy night in an old mill as the frightened occupants (birds, mice, owls and other creatures) try to stay safe and dry.
TRAILER HORN (1950)
Director: Jack Hannah
In this Donald Duck cartoon, released the same year as the feature, Cinderella, a vacationing Donald finds anything but rest and relaxation when chipmunks, Chip and Dale, wreak havoc on him and his trailer.
LAMBERT THE SHEEPISH LION (1952)
Director: Jack Hannah
This theatrical animated special was nominated for an Academy Award®, and introduced a wonderful new character to the Disney roster. When a stork (voiced by Disney favorite Sterling Holloway), delivers a lion cub (Lambert) to a flock of sheep by mistake, he sets into motion a humorous and heartfelt tale about acceptance and bravery.
GOING HOME (2021)
Director: Jacob Frey
A story about growing up and the meaning of home in which a young adult repeatedly visits his hometown, but with every new arrival starts to face the inevitable: change. Director Jacob Frey tapped into his personal feelings about family, aging, and the fear of losing loved ones to tell this unique and poignant tale.
Director: Patrick Osborne
Feast is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share. The short received the 2015 Academy Award® for Best Animated Short Film.
Director: John Kahrs
This Academy Award®-winning short from director John Kahrs was inspired by his daily train commute to work and “the random connections you sometimes make with people.” Experimenting with bold new techniques and using a predominantly black-and-white palette, the film follows a young man in an office who sees the girl of his dreams in a skyscraper window across the street, and determines to find a way to meet her.
ONCE UPON A STUDIO (2023)
Directors: Dan Abraham, Trent Correy
An all-star ensemble of beloved characters from Walt Disney Animation Studios come together in Once Upon a Studio for a joyful, entertaining and emotional reunion as they assemble for a spectacular group photo to mark Disney’s 100th anniversary. Featuring 543 characters from more than 85 Disney feature-length and short films, Once Upon a Studio welcomes heroes and villains, princes and princesses, sidekicks and sorcerers—in all-new hand-drawn and CG animation—to celebrate 10 decades of storytelling, artistry and technological achievements.