There’s nothing like hindsight when evaluating a series like The Silly Symphonies. When they made Frolicking Fish, the Disney animators were scrambling to fill the void left by Ub Iwerks and Carl Stalling, so this short may have been seen at the time as less ambitious. But necessity being the mother of invention, Norm Ferguson’s work on this short proved to be a breakthrough in animation technique that would inform the way that these cartoons were made for years. Bert Lewis’ fun score provides a perfect musical backdrop for the titular fish, and the octopus who tries to spoil their fun (i.e. eat them).

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