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    The Merry Dwarfs (Columbia, 1929). One Sheet (27" X 41"). The Silly Symphonies, begun by Walt Disney in 1929, provided an interesting forum for experimentation in a new medium. Unlike Disney's other animation at the time, these cartoons were set entirely to music. The music was composed by Carl Stalling, who would move on to Warner Brothers in 1930 and become the most accomplished composer in animation. Aside from dancing, the cartoon figures -- here bearded elves with pointed hats -- participate in gags (a tiny blacksmith puts tiny "horse" shoes on a grasshopper) that sometimes verge on the surreal (the dwarfs get drunk, prefiguring similar absurdity in "Dumbo"). This poster features many of the trademarks of the Silly Symphonies -- including the first symphony, "The Skeleton Dance" -- with isolated illustrations of this particular short. Mounted on linen, restoration has repaired fold line and crossfold separation and tears in the border, but the giddy colors have maintained their original vibrancy. Fine on Linen.

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