Springtime Serenade
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit series

Oswald and his sister open their inn for Spring.
Directed by Walter Lantz
Produced by Walter Lantz
Story by Walter Lantz
Bill Nolan
Music by James Dietrich
Animation by Manuel Moreno
Lester Kline
Fred Kopietz
Bill Mason
La Verne Harding
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) May 27, 1935
Color process technicolor
Running time 8:08
Language English
Preceded by Elmer the Great Dane
Followed by Towne Hall Follies

Springtime Serenade is a short cartoon made by Walter Lantz Productions, and features Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. While most shorts in the series are shot in black and white, this one is among the very few that are in color.


After a long winter in the countryside, the snow finally melted and the animals came out of hybernation. A squirrel merrily runs around and heads to the groundhog's house to tell the latter of the good news.

Upon coming out and hearing what the squirrel told him, the groundhog turned around and was surprised to see his shadow on the wall of his house. He then warns the squirrel and the other animals nearby that if his shadow is visible, more days of snow await. The other animals, however, were doubtful of his advice and therefore took it as a joke.

On another part of the countryside, Oswald and an unnamed sister of his are working on their inn after it had been closed for the winter. They dust the furniture and shake the dirt off the carpets. After completing their tasks, the inn was ready for service. Oswald and his sister went outside for a little stroll.

As the two inn operators are at the open and spending time with some animals, the groundhog approached and warn them once more about more winter days coming. Again, they all thought it was just a bluff and began to laugh. But they would stop laughing when snowflakes fall to the ground. Finally realizing the truth of the groundhog's warning, everybody hurried back indoors.


The short is available on The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection: Volume 2 DVD box set.

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