“Flowers and Trees”, the first animated short film to win an Oscar

Giulia Guido
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Forget about HD, 4K, CGI, special effects and 3D animation for a moment. Let’s go back in time to 1932, when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences established the category for the best “Short Subjects, Cartoons”, the ancestor of today’s best “Animated Short Film”.
This new category was not the only novelty of the Oscars of that year, in fact to win the statuette for the best “Short Subjects, Cartoons” was “Flowers and Trees” directed by Burt Gillett and produced by Walt Disney.

The 8-minute short film that shows the rebirth of nature when Spring begins is a real turning point in the world of animation. 1932 was the year that Walt Disney Production partnered with the Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation, which at that time introduced the “Three-strip Technicolor Process 4 Dye-transfer” and was looking for someone willing to use it.

Walt Disney, who was already working on the black and white version of “Flowers and Trees”, decided to take a risk and start over with this new technology. So it was that “Flowers and Trees” won the Oscar for the first time in history for the new category “Short Subjects, Cartoons”, but became Disney’s first animated film in color.

Written by Giulia Guido
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