Mary Tebb & Disney's Groundbreaking The Skeleton Dance

On June 10, 1929, a new animated film debuted at the Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles — Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies — The Skeleton Dance. While on his way to NYC to seek distribution and to record the soundtrack for his first sound cartoon, Steamboat Willie, Walt Disney stopped over in Kansas City to visit Carl Stalling to discuss scores for his early Mickey & Minnie shorts Plane Crazy and The Galloping' Gaucho. As the organist at the Isis Theatre in Kansas City, Stalling proposed the idea of a series of animated novelties centered around music. He pitched the idea of dancing skeletons, based on an ad he recalled as a young child, featuring these spooky sorts. Ub Iwerks began animati

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