41. Santa’s Workshop – Wilfred Jackson

SANTAS WORKSHOP (2)

SUMMARY: Santa and his helpers prepare for his Christmas night flight to deliver toys to children worldwide.

WHY IT’S HERE: The arrival of the Technicolor process was a huge boost for Disney animation. Although the studio had churned out some great black and white cartoons, colour was paramount to their evermore realistic and vibrantly beautiful style. Like the debut colour short ‘Flowers and Trees’, it’s hard to imagine ‘Santa’s Workshop’ having been half as affective in black and white. Vivid colour gives the cartoon its festive atmosphere as we witness a parade of toys march past the screen, all presided over by a very jolly Santa. ‘Santa’s Workshop’ is far from the greatest Disney short but it has a warm Christmas feel and nicely demonstrates the boost colour was brining to the studio’s work.

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