The Old Mill

Old Mill

We’re trying to keep Disney characters out of the house for as long as possible, but we were curious to see this short, non-character-driven Disney film from the 1930’s. The Old Mill tells the simple story of some animals hiding out from a storm in an old mill. Some kids might find the storm a bit scary – the mill is almost blown apart – but the animals do all survive. It could actually be helpful for young children to watch this in preparation for a big storm, or as a way of processing it afterwards. Although Disney-style animation has never been my favourite, I do find these earlier, hand-drawn films much livelier and more appealing than the more recent films.

Age: 3+
Adult rating: 8/10
Child rating: 8/10
Running time: 8 minutes
Available free on Youtube