I recall back around 1999 or 2000, WDAC asking me to poll collectors on their thoughts of seeing a series focusing on Walt Disney's Silly Symphony Shorts. The poll was created, results tallied but nothing came of it.
Fast forward to December 2002, attended my first signing event at Gallery of the Lakes and met Kent Melton. At dinner that evening, recall asking Kent, "is there one piece you hope some day to sculpt?" His reply was Wynken, Blynken and Nod. It reminded me of the poll I did and how I wish that series would materialize or at least have a larger representation in the line of those early shorts.Fast forward again to December 2006 and the announcement of 1st Quarter 2007 and in that announcement, the unveiling of the debut piece in the Silly Symphony Series, The Ugly Duckling and His Mother, an Open Edition release sculpted by Jacqueline Perreault Gonzales. Yay! It may have taken 7-8 years but the series FINALLY happened!!
To me, this sculpture was amazing and reminded me of the Field Mouse, for the simple fact these were esoteric characters and not something you've seen overdone in other mediums and a series that would showcase characters that may only be familiar to the die-hard Disney fan. Throughout 2007, I featured these releases here in my blog.
My first blog entry on the Silly Symphony Series was in April, 2007 titled Silly Symphony Releases: Past & Present which not only focused on the debut release in the series but previous releases where a Silly Symphony short was the subject of a Walt Disney Classics Collection release.
These shorts not only had endearing characters, many who may have only appeared in one short but animation rich in colors set to music. As I keep fingers crossed the next quarter contains another release from this series, possibly Elmer & Tillie? The Skeleton Dance? Jenny Wren and Cock Robin? Wynken, Blynken and Nod?
In the meantime, for your viewing pleasure, I've included a clip of the animated short Wynken, Blynken and Nod (courtesy of YouTube.com):
Wynken, Blynken and Nod is a Silly Symphony Cartoon ©Disney