Muskegon, Muskegon County's online magazine

Color and spring – they go together! Left, a UB Iwerk's Comicolor entitled Summertime. Right, Molly Moo-Cow and the Butterflies, a Burt Gillett's Rainbow Parade Cartoon from Van Beuren Studios. Both were released in 1935.

Springtime Cartoon Classics Full of Color


It's spring, a favorite theme for early animators.

Once color came to motion pictures, early animation artists loved playing with the design potential presented by spring: bright flowers, blue skies, butterflies, and cute, young animals.

The ComiColor Cartoon below was produced by Ub Iwerks Studio in 1935. Iwerks was Walt Disney's collaborator in the formative years of Disney's studio (Steamboat Willie, Plane Crazy). The ComiColor cartoons take advantage of Cinecolor, a two color film process. Watching them, it's hard to believe there is a mix of only two colors.

You might think characters in this short were based on designs from Disney's Fantasia, but Summertime was released a full five years before. Creatures from myth and legend have always been popular with cartoonists. Here, a young pan character ushers in spring, despite the objections of Jack Frost.

Below we revisit Molly Moo-Cow from Van Beauren Studios. Two Disney veterans were brought in to the Van Beauren Studio in 1934 to raise the style and quality of the company's cartoons. The result was the handsome Rainbow Parade series.

Happy spring! If you want to see more classic cartoons here, let us know on Facebook!

These Works are in Public Domain and not Derivative as specified by U.S. copyright law (title 17 of the U.S. Code).

Writer and illustrator Gary Scott Beatty is excited to share projects, art, video and other updates with those who are interested in the horror genre. If you want to enjoy a free story, and have him share his creative journey with you, join the Aazurn Fan List at

Click here to return to CONTENTS PAGE.

Jazz: Midnight, with art inspired by jazz album cover design, drops readers into the late night music clubs of 1957. From Gary Scott Beatty. Click here for Jazz: Midnight.

Worlds, the first Gary Scott Beatty retrospective is now on Amazon. This 96 page collection includes early work, unpublished art, in-depth articles, a jazz art gallery and more. Click here for “Worlds.”

Wounds, Gary Scott Beatty’s zombie horror book with a twist, is now on Amazon. Click here for Wounds.

Muskegon, Muskegon County's online magazine

Brought to you by our advertisers


Gary Scott Beatty's thrilling, free, 66 chapter story begins April 23. Blog subscribers get to read it from the beginning (and a free comic.) Find out more here!

Jodi Clock unravels the knots of senior care with a trusted guide to making the right choices. Discover Senior Care Questions in this helpful article!

Local United Way volunteers have an enormous impact on the well-being of our community. Learn how volunteers are making a difference here!

This month enjoy a solar eclipse, the constellations of spring, and warmer nights of observing! MCC Astronomer Jonathan Truax is your guide.

It's spring, a favorite theme for early animators! We enjoy UB Iwerk's Summertime and a Burt Gillett's Rainbow Parade Cartoon here.

Buster Keaton and family take to the lake in "The Boat," a film that was once thought lost. Enjoy the 1952 short, complete and online, here!

Track and discover area events here with Muskegon County's best online events calendar, courtesy of Visit Muskegon!

Click here to return to CONTENTS PAGE.
Inquire about ADVERTISING here.

Muskegon is locally owned and produced. Gary Scott Beatty, editor and publisher. Contents and design © Copyright Gary Scott Beatty, 1509 Princeton Rd., Muskegon, Michigan 49441.

Muskegon is an educational and informational service to help you make informed decisions. The content, tools and services of Muskegon are not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Privacy.