1932 Love Story Starring Trees Is the Sweetest Thing

Poster of first Technicolor Silly Symphony, Flowers and Trees
Poster of Silly Symphony, Flowers and Trees. .


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For any lovers of trees, this Silly Symphonies cartoon produced by Walt Disney may have you cooing like a dove when you watch it. Directed by Burt Gillett and released by United Artists in July of 1932, it was the first commercial film to be produced in the full-color three-strip Technicolor process. The film was already in production in black and white when Disney decided it should be remade using the new color process. The color version was a success, both critically and commercially – and picked up the first Academy Award for Animated Short Subject along the way.

But aside from the historical place the short holds, it's just a delightfully sweet story that shows a love for nature that still resonates some 75 years later. And while scientists are quick to question the anthropomorphizing of nature, is it really so wrong to re-imagine the living things we share our planet with in more human and thus humane terms? We say "no" ... bring on the tree people!