One of the loveliest pieces of animation from this era in the studio, it manages to tell a story that is not simply trite or absurd or a folktale, without dialogue or intradiegetic song, in the clean and flat style that would later come to be associated with UPA but animated on ones. Very cute.
The mythological aspect, being much more exaggerated, is handled better than in “The Legend of Johnny Appleseed” (1948). Like “The Martins and the Coys” (1946), this is a good example of Disney making one of its hyperfeminine leading ladies physically capable and exposing her to some rather extreme physical activity, in this case a violent landing on the moon.
One of the clearest and certainly the most self-conscious of Disney’s efforts to combine art forms in this era. This is a little ironic given that the nominal subject matter is the futility of art compared to nature.
The 1913 poem “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer.
Heavily stylized but very pretty. Thankfully it does not make the poem’s Christian sentiments or anthropomorphization visually explicit.