Disney invited me to an all expense paid trip to Los Angeles in exchange for sharing it with you. As always, all opinions 100% my own. Silly Symphony
The Silly Symphony is something that I just learned about at D23 Expo. I was surprised that I had not heard about it before, but while I was watching the cartoons I realized that I had definitely seen them before. Memories of the Silly Symphony were tucked back in my mind and once those files were opened, the nostalgia was overwhelming.
The Silly Symphony Celebration was a live concert performance featuring a 32-piece orchestra celebrating the Silly Symphony animated short films and their accompanying music, hosted by film historian Leonard Maltin. It was cool seeing him so close. You probably recognize him from Entertainment Tonight. Mr. Maltin is one of the most respected film critics of all time.
The music was performed as it would have been recorded during those historic days at the Disney Studios on Hyperion Avenue in the 1920s and ’30s. We watched and heard the music of the Three Little Pigs, The Old Mill, The Skeloton Dance, and Flowers and Trees. Walt Disney (the Original) came up with animation that was set to a symphony that played during the action on the animated movie. This was a whole big event like going to the Opera would be now.
You can now feel the same nostalgia I did watching and listening to the Silly Symphony. For the first time ever, Disney Music Emporium has The Silly Symphony Collection box set, featuring the complete restored soundtracks from all 75 Silly Symphony shorts from 1929–1939, with over eight hours of music on 16 vinyl LPs.