Disney+ Adds Classic Shorts in Honor of the Disney 100 Celebration

SYMPHONY HOUR, Mickey Mouse, 1942
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Disney is currently celebrating 100 years of the Disney company and with that comes new merchandise, celebrations in the parks, new food and drink offerings, and lots of Disney history nerds spouting facts. Disney+, Disney’s streaming service, is getting in on the celebration and adding some very nostalgic items to its ever-growing list of shorts, movies, and TV shows. We recently reviewed the newly restored Walt Disney Animation Studios classic shorts and some are now available to watch.

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New shorts are being added throughout the year and as of now, there are some classic ones available including Aquamania, Building A Building, The Skeleton Dance, Bath Day, Figaro & Frankie, and more. Of course, the shorts available may differ between countries. Let’s go over some of these and why they are important to the Disney company’s history.

Perhaps the oldest short on Disney+ is 1929’s The Skeleton Dance besides the iconic 1928’s Steamboat Willie. Set in a graveyard, there are animations of skeletons that come out of their graves and dance. They dance the night away until the rooster crows and it is time to go back to their bed of sorts. It is a very simple animation but led the way for more complicated versions that we see today.

BATH DAY, from left: Minnie Mouse, Figaro the cat, 1946

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A few decades later in 1946, Bath Day appeared and is more focused on Minnie Mouse and her cat Figaro. In the short, she gives him a bath which causes the alley cats to make fun of him. He gets into a fight and accidentally causes some garbage cans to come down on the alley cat, effectively making him win the fight but need another bath.

AQUAMANIA, Goofy (voiced by Pinto Colvig), 1961

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If you know what Goofy looks like in animated shorts these days, you can definitely appreciate the earlier versions even more. In 1949, Goofy got his own short in Goofy’s Gymnastics as he tries to get into shape. In 1961, Goofy becomes Mr. X who loves to be on the water at all times in Aquamania. Here’s a full list of the shorts being added this year:

Premiering Friday, July 7:

The Skeleton Dance (1929)
Building a Building (1933)
Bath Day (1946)
Figaro and Frankie (1947)
Goofy Gymnastics (1949)
Aquamania (1961)

Premiering Friday, August 11:

Barnyard Olympics (1932)
Mickey’s Steam Roller (1934)
Donald’s Nephews (1938)
Goofy and Wilbur (1939)
Donald’s Cousin Gus (1939)
The Flying Jalopy (1943)

Premiering September 5–8:

Trolley Troubles (1927)
All Wet (1927)
The Barn Dance (1929)
Playful Pluto (1934)
Mickey’s Kangaroo (1935)
Merbabies (1938)
Bone Trouble (1940)
Pluto, Junior (1942)

Premiering Friday, October 6:

When the Cat’s Away (1929)
Fiddling Around (1930)
Camping Out (1934)
Wynken, Blynken and Nod (1938)
Old Macdonald Duck (1941)
Inferior Decorator (1948)
Chips Ahoy (1956)

Which one is your favorite?

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