Disney historian, musician, and composer Ross Care provides us with an in-depth look into the marvelous music of Walt Disney’s groundbreaking series of cartoon short subjects—the Silly Symphonies.

1929–1939 was a period of great experimentation at The Walt Disney Studios. Walt followed the runaway success of Mickey Mouse with a series centered around music, the Silly Symphonies, to test out their latest technological innovations. In January 1930, Disney’s first in-house composer Carl Stalling left the Disney Studios and eventually found a home at Warner Bros. within their celebrated animation unit. Bert Lewis, who started at Disney only a month before, followed Stalling by scoring Cannibal Capers (1930) and all of the ensuing 1930 Silly Symphonies, concluding with Birds of a Feather in February 1931.