348. The Truth About Mother Goose – Bill Justice, Wolfgang Reitherman

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SUMMARY: An examination of the truth behind the history of selected nursery rhymes.

WHY IT’S HERE: The lavish, beautiful ‘The Truth About Mother Goose’ is Disney at its best. After experimenting with a more stripped down style inspired by UPA in recent years, Disney were back to what they did best with this fifteen minute featurette which delves into the history of three nursery rhymes. Particularly impressive is the closing section, which focuses on ‘London Bridge is Falling Down’. Look out for the fantastic moment in which an artist painting the bridge accidentally paints real fire onto his canvas. In an animation industry that was becoming more experimental, Disney’s return to this sort of classic material seemed almost brave and the results are stunning.

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