The Old Mill
We see the various birds, mice, and bats that have moved into an old windmill, followed by the frogs, crickets, and fireflies making their music in an adjacent pond. Then a storm comes, shaking loose parts in mill and threatening everything we've seen.
Deleted scene from Fantasia?
This short film is included as a bonus feature with Bambi, which I didn't know until yesterday. I also didn't know that it won an Academy Award but sure enough, it did. In this, we spend a day and night with the animals who have taken up refuge in an abandoned mill. Among the critters is a pair of bluebirds awaiting the hatching of their offspring, some mice/rats (I can't be sure) and an owl that looks a whole lot like Bambi's Owl. Night falls and brings with it a fierce storm.
The big draw here is the animation of the storm. It's still impressive 75+ years later, but when you mentally place it beside any live action depiction of…
A must for every fan of animation and still wonderful to watch 75 years after release, "The Old Mill" proves that Disney (mostly) deserves the praise they've received over the decades. Despite being so old it is still absolutely gorgeous and enchanting, something I can't say for any of their newer releases with the exception of Tangled.
The animation is gorgeous in full, Snow White-era Disney tradition, but it somehow leaves me a little cold. Compared to earlier Silly Symphonies it comes across as very well-behaved and stuffy - in fact it isn't very "Silly" at all!