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To Spring

To Spring
The Happy Harmonies title card
Directed byHugh Harman
William Hanna
Paul Fennell (all uncredited)
Produced byHugh Harman
Rudolf Ising
Music byScott Bradley
Animation byPaul Fennell
Color processTechnicolor (3-hue)
Distributed byLoew's Inc
Release date
June 4, 1936
Running time
9 minutes

To Spring is a 1936 animated musical short produced by Harman and Ising for the MGM cartoon studio's Happy Harmonies series.[1] Although the production credit goes to Harman and Ising this short was actually the first cartoon to be directed by the future cartoon giant William Hanna, along with animator Paul Fennell.[2]

This short animates the changing of the seasons through the eyes of the gnomes responsible for spring,[3] as well as their hard work that makes it possible. A dark cloud with a deep bellowing voice is used to animate winter, and the elements which nature must fight to put this season behind us. The title is a play on words used to represent the season of spring and action the gnomes must take to wake up and get to work. This cartoon uses the bold and vibrant colors synonymous with springtime, and is an excellent example of the Technicolor process that was very popular at the time.

  1. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. p. 89. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  2. ^ "To Spring (MGM, 1936)". Retrieved 2017-08-21.
  3. ^ "TO SPRING - A Harman - Ising Cartoon (1936)". monstermoviemusic.blogspot.de. Retrieved 2017-08-21.

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