Just weeks before the December 1937 release of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" made motion-picture history, Walt Disney gave audiences a taste of the latest in animation techniques with the Nov.5 release of the groundbreaking short "The Old Mill."
The 68th release in the Silly Synphonies series marked the first use of Disney's multiplane camera, which gave animators the ability to create new depth and dimension in animation. In less than nine minutes, "The Old Mill" tells the story of an approaching storm and how birds, mice and other creatures seek shelter in an abandoned mill. The cartoon incorporates realistic depictions of animal behavior, rain and wind, ripples and reflections, and three-dimensional rotation of detailed objects.
Directed by Wilfred Jackson, scored by Leigh Harline and produced by Walt Disney, "The Old Mill" won Academy Awards for Best Short and in the scientific and technical category.
Guests on the Storybook Land Canal Boats might notice three miniature mills on their journey, while "World of Color" also pays tribute to the short. And at Disneyland Paris, hungry Guests saunter up to The Old Mill snack stand, which is an actual windmill.
My oldest daughter Kimberly was an attraction hostess on the Storybook Land Canal Boats...Dr Lee