Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Ornament Review: 1932 - Flowers and Trees - Moments That Made Disney #3 - 2014 Disney Store Ornament

Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Lovingly captures a lesser known Disney milestone
Cons: Tips forward when hung
The Bottom Line:
This historic short
In ornament for DisNerds
Great collectible

Colorful Addition to Your Ornament Collection

While most of Disney’s animated shorts are well known, his Silly Symphony shorts seem to have been forgotten by all but the biggest Disney fans.  This series of unrelated pieces from the 1920’s and 1930’s allowed for lots of experimentation that helped break ground in the then new field of animation.  And it was one of those shorts that became the first color animated short.  Naturally, the Disney Store picked that short as part of their Moments that Made Disney ornament series, and Flowers and Trees is a real winner.

The short itself is typical of much of the Silly Symphony series.  It features lots of music and little dialogue as we watch various plants interacting to the music.  It’s fun, but not especially memorable outside of its place in history.

And yet, I was thrilled to get this ornament.  Why?  It’s the DisNerd in me.  Since this short isn’t popular today, we rarely get any merchandise related to it.  Yet it forms a big milestone in Disney’s history.  So a limited edition series like this is perfect, right?

The ornament itself looks great as well.  It focuses on two trees.  One is kneeling with one of his branches/arms extended.   The second tree is looking at him with a small smile on her face.  Of course, that expression is buried under all her hair, I mean leaves.  This female tree also have a bird in her leaves and some butterflies sitting on her trunk.  It’s a cute moment in the short, and it’s just as cute here.  Finishing off the ornament, there is grass on the circular base, and there are flowers on the edges of the base.

But what really makes this ornament special is the same thing that makes the short special – the color.  It is rich in greens, browns, and yellows that really bring it to life.  I can’t help grinning as I look at it.  It’s that special.

Because of that circular base I mentioned, you could really make this part of a display year round.  It would fit in perfectly with any display of Disney memorabilia.

However, if you want to hang it, you’ll find a red ribbon coming out of a loop.  That’s right, it’s all ready to hang on your tree.  Unfortunately, it does tip backward when you hang it, but that’s the only flaw.  And actually, that makes it a little easier to see the female tree’s face, so it’s not necessarily a bad thing.

This ornament and the others in the series are slightly heavier than your typical ornament, so you’ll want to make sure that it is hanging from a sturdy branch.

Like the others in this series, the limited number of pieces sold out quickly, proving there are a lot of Disney fanatics like me out there happy to have something to represent this milestone in Disney animation.  If you missed it, I suggest you track down Flowers and Trees as quickly as possible.

Be sure to check out the rest of the Moments that Made Disney series.

Original Price: $19.95

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