Yesterday I added the second release in the series to my collection with the arrival of the Old Mill, a Numbered Limited Edition (NLE) of 750 sculpted by Larry Nikolai. The Old Mill is very reminiscent of the Enchanted Places, introduced in 1995, beautifully crafted sculptures that recreated unforgettable film settings made of a special blend of resin and alabaster. Unique touches, termed "plussing" add to the incredible level of detail found in every sculpture. Oil and water based paints are used to convey textures, shadows and special effects.
The Old Mill is plussed with pewter, wire, felt and wind sails that actually turn. Included with each sculpture are instructions for the windmill assembly. An image of these instructions have been added to Image Gallery and Secondary Guide. Also included with each sculpture is a soft cloth to wipe the wood base of any fingerprints.
The Old Mill was released on November 05, 1937. The film depicts the natural community of animals populating an old abandoned windmill in the country, and how they deal with a violent thunderstorm that nearly destroys their habitat and introduced Disney's technical innovation, the multiplane camera. The Old Mill won the Oscar in 1938 for Best Short Subject: Cartoon.
The Old Mill can be found on the Walt Disney Treasures: Silly Symphony released in December 2001.