Music Land Review
Music Land is a 1935 Disney film from the Silly Symphonies. It is one of the series’ best entries.
Yes, I loved this one. You can see in here how much the animation improved at Disney from the beginning to the half of this decade. It is mind blowing to witness. So the story is basically a retelling of Romeo and Juliet but with musical instruments. A classical instrument princess falls in love with a jazz instrument prince. It is certainly a familiar idea to turn inanimate objects into heroes, but it is original for featuring musical instruments in these roles.
The battle between classical and jazz was very real in the thirties and thus this cartoon must have been extremely timely and relatable. Despite its length, it manages to be very entertaining. The music is of course great and it is very inventive that they talk musically, but I wanted to understand what they were saying regardless. The animation is out of this world – so polished and artistic with the character designs being of the most inventive and extraordinary kind.
Music Land is beautifully, inventively animated with an original story leading to one of the best Silly Symphonies.