November 30, 1935 – The Silly Symphony Cock o’ the Walk is Released to Theaters
On November 30, 1935, the Silly Symphony Cock o’ the Walk was released to theaters. The music used in the film, “Carioca,” was taken from the RKO film Flying Down to Rio, which was fitting, as 1935 was the last year that United Artists would distribute Disney films, as it would move to RKO the following year after a long courtship. It was directed by Ben Sharpsteen, and marks the debut of composer Albert Hay Malotte.
The short begins with a parade, welcoming home the world’s champion boxer, Cock o’ the Walk, who struts his stuff on a float, followed by all of the hens in the town. One hick rooster is professing his love to a skinny hen, but her attention is lost when she catches the eye of Cock o’ the Walk, who asks her to dance with him. The two begin to dance, and all of the hens in town begin to gossip and join in the dancing. The entire barnyard begins to dance, including chicks, caterpillars, and peacocks.
As Cock o’ the Walk continues to dance with the hick’s girl, the hick decides to put an end to it, and the hens laugh as Cock o’ the Walk mocks him. The hick challenges the champion to a fight, with the hick working more to dodge the advances before getting pummeled. Cock o’ the Walk’s bag is knocked into the skinny hen’s lap as she cheers for the champion, and discovers that Cock o’ the Walk is not only married, but he has 14 baby chicks. Angered at this realization, she slaps him, and tried to revive the hick rooster with a kiss. His strength is renewed, and he beats Cock o’ the Walk, winning the fight and sending the champion flying into his trophies. The short ends with the hick rooster and his skinny hen dancing together happily before he lays a large kiss on her and lets out a loud rooster call.