This week, Disney re-released six classic shorts onto Disney+ starring iconic characters such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Chip n’ Dale and Pluto, as part of its 100th anniversary celebrations. Disney has also released six new posters to highlight the six shorts being added onto Disney+ around the world.
The Walt Disney Studios Restoration and Preservation team has recently restored these shorts, led by director Kevin Schaeffer, working in close collaboration with creative advisors from Walt Disney Animation Studios. The latter included Dorothy McKim, special projects and 2D animation producer, along with color supervision by Mike Giaimo (acclaimed production designer on the two “Frozen” features and the upcoming feature, “Wish”) and animation legend, Eric Goldberg (who headed animation on the Genie in “Aladdin” and directed “Pocahontas” and two segments for “Fantasia/2000”). This same team recently restored “Cinderella,” and is presently working on a restoration of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
Check out the new character posters below:
Avid water-skier Goofy sets out to teach his son the fine art of the sport, and accidentally winds up in a championship race. He encounters a hapless octopus and takes a detour on a roller coaster on his way to an unexpected victory.
BATH DAY (1946)
Figaro the cat takes center stage, after he gets a bath (complete with ribbon and perfume) from Minnie Mouse, and then encounters a group of frisky alley cats. A frightened Figaro wins the day when his shaking topples a tower of trash cans onto his rival, and he emerges the victor in the scuffle. Minnie rewards him with another bath.
BUILDING A BUILDING (1933)
Mickey operates a steam shovel on a busy construction site, where Minnie sells box lunches, and a flirtatious Pete is the foreman. When Pete’s advances cross the line, Mickey comes to Minnie’s rescue leading to a chase through a steel skeleton of a building, and a riveting conclusion.
FIGARO AND FRANKIE (1947)
Minnie’s cat, Figaro, is trying to take a cat nap, but the canary (Frankie) insists on singing. A squabble ensues in which Frankie’s cage topples. Minnie thinks Figaro has eaten Frankie, but the bird has simply flown the coop. In the end, Figaro rescues Frankie from the neighbor’s dog, and domestic tranquility is restored.
GOOFY GYMNASTICS (1949)
Goofy enlists the aid of an instructional record and gymnastics equipment in an effort to become fit, with the help of some barbells, chin-up bars and cable expanders. In the process, he wrecks his floors, gets flung around the room and falls out the window, before ending up approvingly behind the cut-out of the muscular man he aspired to be.
THE SKELETON DANCE (1929)
A lively quartet of graveyard skeletons come out to play and dance the night away in this spooky Silly Symphony, set to the macabre music of Edvard Grieg (adapted by Carl Stalling). Ub Iwerks’ inventive animation uses plenty of graveyard gags involving animals and a skeletal xylophone.
Over the next few months, Disney will be adding more classic shorts to Disney+ to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the company.
Which short are you going to watch on Disney+ over the weekend? Let us know on social media!
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.