The Year When Begining: 1934
The Studio: Rainbow Parade

Parrotville Parrots turned up early among Van Beuren Studios' color cartoons. This series was the first produced by the studio. The second Rainbow Parade cartoon, which is what the studio called its color output, introduced them. The title was Parrotville Fire Department, and it was released on September 14, 1934.

It was directed by Steve Muffatti and Burt Gillett. Muffatti had animated and directed several cartoons for Van Bueren. Later, he did the same for Fleischer and its successor, Famous Studios, where he made cartoons starring Little Lulu and Superman. Gillett was already known for his work at Disney, such as the Silly Symphony Three Little Pigs.

While making the people Parrots succeeded in putting a lot of color into the cartoons, the small-town setting, without emphasizing a particular, marketable character, didn't create enough interest in Parrotville to make the series viable on a continuing basis. Two more Parrotville cartoons were made, Parrotville Old Folks (released January 25, 1935) and Parrotville Post Office (June 28, 1935). Then the idea was shelved, and a couple of years later, the studio folded.

Parrotville was a product of its time, which called for that particular new technology to be displayed to its full effect. Since then, there hasn't been much call for color for its own sake.


Main article: Parrotville Parrots filmography