Animated Short of the Week – Song of the Birds
Song of the Birds (1935)
Dir. Dave Fleischer
In honor of the opening of Where the Wild Things Are, I’d like to present this week another traumatizing film for children, just to prove that kid’s can withstand plenty, and that this is nothing revelatory… Hell, isn’t ever-lasting trauma an essential part of the process? I mean, look at me, I was traumatized plenty through the medium of film in my childhood, and now I write for some thing called Febriblog?! Just because I can’t look at a pair of oven mitts and not see them raging with fire a la Firestarter doesn’t mean I’m not a fully formed human being! Shall I digress?
Not much to say here, just another classic Fleischer short, augmented of course by a particularly moving and extremely honest depiction of death, with a nice environmental touch thrown in for good measure. Again, this is not a new development, contrary to popular belief. Anyone see Bambi?
Added bonus, and something I don’t normally condone, but someone merged this piece of animation with one of my favorite songs of all time, Starmoonsun by Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci. Thing is, it really fits uncannily well.