[…] built around Mickey's fight with the elements and the bandit.
YE OLDEN DAYS,
BABES IN THE WOODS,
and THREE LITTLE PIGS,
are built with cumulative
suspense from exposition to climax and settlement, with actions
and gags directly growing from
the plot and characters. The inner continuity and stronger coherence
are conveyed in some of these pictures by the underlying idea or theme.
In YE OLDEN DAYS, the
humble plebian minstrel, Mickey, is contrasted
to his advantage with the
mighty King and the half-wit feudal Prince with all his knightly attributes.
The unifying theme of THREE LITTLE PIGS
with timely implications of the Big, Bad Wolf symbolizing
depression, or some other destructive social force, is too well known
to be commented on further.
3. Stories held together by
characters and message.
Good characterization, building up of personality, conflict of mental
attitudes and philosophies, and convincing reactions, in keeping with
the character focus the attention
of the spectator, arouse his interest, and establish more personal relationship
with character of the story. Such characters are striking and memorable,
and give the unifying vertebra
to the whole story. It is the
mental attitude of Donald Duck and his relationship to the orphan
kid audience, not only his physical appearance and actions, which make
him stand out and unify the story in
The opera singer Hen, with her well-developed lungs, is not easily forgotten,
because her whole physical, as well as mental, attitude is so excessively
expressed by the animator.
BIRDS IN SPRING
is unified by personality and
attitude of the exploring, venturesome, little bird - not by
mechanical contortions to the musical beat. The conflict and race between
the two personalities - the boastful and speedy creature and the persistent
and slow one in THE
TORTOISE AND THE HARE - unify this picture. In
KING MIDAS the actions
of the King develop out of the passionate
desire for gold […]