To Spring is a 1936 animated musical short distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The cartoon is a Harman and Ising production, released as part of the Happy Harmonies series. Although the production credit goes to Harman and Ising this short was actually the first cartoon to be directed by the future cartoon giant William Hanna, along with animator Paul Fennell. The voices in the cartoon were provided by Pinto Colvig, Jack Mercer, and Mel Blanc, all uncredited.
This short animates the changing of the seasons through the eyes of the gnomes responsible for spring, as well as their hard work that makes it possible. The gnome leader tells everyone to work for spring. A dark cloud with a deep bellowing voice is used to animate winter, and the elements which nature must fight to put this season behind us. The title To Spring is play on words used to represent the season of spring and action the gnomes must take to wake up and get to work.
- This cartoon uses the bold and vibrant colors synonymous with springtime, and is an excellent example of the 3-hue Technicolor process that was very popular at the time.
- This is probably one of the most well-known Happy Harmonies shorts.
- This is one of the four MGM cartoons in the public domain.
Available on various public domain VHS/DVD.
- Laserdisc - MGM Happy Harmonies LaserDisc (unrestored)
- DVD - Broadway Melody of 1936 (1995 dubbed print without disclaimer)