Reader and Ghibli Freak Douglas West sent me an email today:
"I just watched Gauche the Cellist last night (thanks for the fansub torrents!) and the scene near the beginning where the orchestra is playing intense music and the conductor imagines they all get blown away in the storm while continuing to play reminded me A LOT of the Mickey Mouse short 'The Band Concert.' "
I have to admit, I've never considered this idea, but any opportunity to watch one of the classic Walt Disney cartoons works for me. Notice that I never get to watch cartoons like this on tv. Why does the Disney corporation lock away all of their works? This means of forced scarcity is cynical manipulation at its worst.
Free cartoons are a basic human right. End of story. Everyone, young and old, should have the chance to enjoy a classic like The Band Concert. Is this on DVD somewhere? Where is it? How do I find it? I haven't a clue. It's just like web design, really. You need to make it as easy as possible for visitors to find your content. And providing free access is key. Where would cartoons and animation be today if it weren't for tv? Every day after school, we kids would watch hours of free cartoons - Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry, Popeye, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, Rocky & Bullwinkle, yadda yadda. Good times.
The craft of hand-drawn animation is like a good plant. It needs to be exposed in the sunlight to thrive. I say The Band Concert whups most CGI cartoons with one hand tied behind its back. Who's with me? I'll bet if kids could see this on tv every afternoon, they'd agree with me. And then they'd grow up to become animators. You see, this is really an investment.