Silly Symphony #4 Hell’s Bells


Hello all!  As promised here are my thoughts on the fourth Silly Symphony cartoon Hell’s Bells, made in 1929.  This cartoon is very different from the last three cartoons.  The mood is completely different, along with the music featured in the background.  It has a very dark connotation underlying throughout the whole cartoon.

As I said, the music is much more dark and hits the audience the second the cartoon starts.  It is a very powerful entry for a cartoon.  Elements of fire and demons are also present.  I see this cartoon as a depiction of the artists idea of what would look like and how it operates.  Humor is still present, but with a dark undertone to it.  The cartoon is still enjoyable, but I can’t help but find it hard for children of that time period to watch.  It is a little creepy with the way the creatures and demons stories play out.  There is a lot of death and consumption of others throughout the cartoon, which can be off putting.  Aside from that, it is still a great piece of animation and I find the depiction of hell to be quite creative.

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