“The Old Mill” is an important film in the history of Disney animation. It paved the way for “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” experimenting with many of the techniques that Walt Disney would go on to use in his first animated feature film. The most famous of these techniques was the multiplane camera, which allowed the animators to keep a 3D effect through depth perception. If you are ever fortunate enough to visit “One Man’s Dream” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Disney World, the exhibit features the multiplane camera and how it was used in this short. The experimental animation of animal behaviors would also play a large part in the realism created in Disney’s animated features. While the short doesn’t contain the humor of a Mickey or Donald cartoon, it provides animated eye candy. In the end, it won the 1937 Oscar for Best Short Subject: Cartoons. “The Old Mill” isn’t my favorite Disney short but is definitely important in the development of the animated films that we all love.
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[Pictured: You can see the emergence of the Disney style just before the debut of "Snow White"]