5.4/10
196
8 user

The Old Mill Pond (1936)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Music | 7 March 1936 (USA)
The fish and frogs gather at the old mill pond to hear a jazz concert. Performers include caricatures of Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, and tap dancer Bill Robinson ("Bojangles").

Director:

Hugh Harman (uncredited)

Writer:

Norm Blackburn
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

Cast

Uncredited cast:
Norm Blackburn Norm Blackburn ... Various (uncredited)
The Four Blackbirds The Four Blackbirds ... Vocalists (uncredited)
Learn more

More Like This 

Educated Fish (1937)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A rebellious fish refuses to listen to his teacher until he ventures out into the real world and discovers the importance of education.

Director: Dave Fleischer
Stars: Rosita Dickerson, Diane Gibby
Animation | Short | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A short film about a mother and her son, she teaches him life skills later on the son gets niked by a man so the young donkey can be his work slave and his mother saves him.

Director: Dave Fleischer
Stars: Jack Mercer
Born to Dance (1936)
Certificate: Passed Musical | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Sailor Ted meets at the Lonely Hearts Club of his friend Gunny's wife, Jenny, a girl, Nora Paige, and falls in love. Nora wants to become a dancer on Broadway. Ted rescues the Pekinese of ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Eleanor Powell, James Stewart, Virginia Bruce
Adventure | Crime | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Amid the anarchy of China, an American mercenary tangles with a ruthless warlord.

Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll, Akim Tamiroff
Certificate: Passed Animation | Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Two baby squirrels ask grandpa to explain what "men" are when he comes in singing "peace on earth, goodwill to men". Grandpa tells the story of man's last war.

Director: Hugh Harman
Stars: Mel Blanc, Sara Berner, Bernice Hansen
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A railroad man from the city befriends a mountain girl in a Kentucky family feud.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Fred MacMurray, Henry Fonda
Suzy (1936)
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Believing a German spy has killed her new husband, a struggling chorus girl flees to Paris where she meets and marries a World War I pilot, whose carefree ways brings about unexpected results.

Director: George Fitzmaurice
Stars: Jean Harlow, Franchot Tone, Cary Grant
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Nightclub singer Joan Warren's agent Nicky puts her into situations designed to advance her career.

Director: Sidney Lanfield
Stars: Alice Faye, Adolphe Menjou, Gregory Ratoff
Comedy | Musical | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Married coaches Slug and Bessie find hillbilly football tosser Amos and the team gets invited to the Yale Bowl.

Director: David Butler
Stars: Stuart Erwin, Patsy Kelly, Jack Haley
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Gladys George, a superlative actress often wasted in secondary roles, carries her starring assignment in Valiant is the Word for Carrie with singular brilliance. George plays the town ... See full summary »

Director: Wesley Ruggles
Stars: Gladys George, Arline Judge, John Howard
Penny Wisdom (1937)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A "Pete Smith Specialty" on cookery.

Director: David Miller
Stars: Prudence Penny, Harold Minjir, Gertrude Short
Short | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Hollywood stars participate in a Mexican-themed revue and festival in Santa Barbara. Andy Devine, the "World's Greatest Matador", engages in a bullfight with a dubious bovine supplied by ... See full summary »

Stars: Eduardo Durant's Rhumba Band, The Spanish Troubadors, Warner Baxter
Edit

Storyline

The fish and frogs gather at the old mill pond to hear a jazz concert. Performers include caricatures of Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, and tap dancer Bill Robinson ("Bojangles"). Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

pond | jazz | frog | tap dancing | See All (4) »

Genres:

Animation | Short | Music

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, 'Bill "Bojangles' Robinson', Louis Armstrong, Stepin Fetchit, Ethel Waters and The Mills Brothers are caricatured. See more »

Alternate Versions

Re-released in abbreviated form by Soundies Distributing Corporation on March 2, 1942 under the title "Hot Frogs." See more »

Soundtracks

Jungle Rhythm
(uncredited)
Written by William Hanna
Performed by Ethel Waters caricature
See more »

User Reviews

 
Nature sings a Peaceful Song
4 May 2008 | by mrdonleoneSee all my reviews

Sure, I like short cartoons, but I didn't like this one. Naturally, kids would love it. But then again, I'm not a kid anymore (although I still consider myself young).

I will not tell you anything about the story, for the simple reason there is no story. How is it possible this dragon of a cartoon was nominated for an Oscar?! Well... I guess it's because people in the 30's were more happy with not much than now. In the present where we live, everything must happen fast. Look at the movies nowadays, and you will come to the same conclusion: we live in a society that doesn't allow men to be slow. That's really a shame. I wish I lived in the 30's, because it seems so peaceful. But every time has got its ups and downs, I guess...

To conclude: if you like music (and frogs), you'll have to see this cartoon. Otherwise, don't spill your time on it.


3 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hot Frogs See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed