Toby Tortoise Returns

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Toby Tortoise Returns
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Directed by Wilfred Jackson
Story by William Cottrell
Joe Grant
Ward Kimball
Bob Kuwahara
Produced by Walt Disney
Starring Eddie Holden
Ned Norton
Martha Wentworth
Music by Frank Churchill
Leigh Harline
Animation by Ward Kimball
Dick Lundy
Robert Stokes
Dick Huemer
Rollin Hamilton
Milt Kahl
Isadore Klein
Marvin Woodward [1]
Color process Technicolor
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • August 22, 1936 (1936-08-22)
Running time
7 minutes

Toby Tortoise Returns is a 1936 animated Technicolor cartoon in Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies series. It was directed by Wilfred Jackson. [2] It is a sequel to the 1935 short The Tortoise and the Hare , and premiered on August 22, 1936. [3]


This time the plot revolves around a boxing match. The short features characters from other Silly Symphonies, including Elmer Elephant and Tillie Tiger from Elmer Elephant , Fifer Pig, Fiddler Pig, Practical Pig and the Big Bad Wolf from Three Little Pigs , and Jenny Wren and the cuckoo from Who Killed Cock Robin? . [3] It was released in VHS, Laserdisc, and DVD formats in various countries. [3]


Max Hare is boxing Toby Tortoise and beating him severely in round one. Between each round, Jenny Wren from “Who Killed Cock Robin?” tells Toby that she likes a man who takes his time, which seems to reinvigorate him. In round two, Max declares what the final blow should be, but Toby pulls into his shell to avoid Max's fists. Feeling robbed, Max demands that Toby should come out and face him, but Toby says that he feels safer inside his shell. Max tries to make Toby come out by dumping a bucket of water into his shell, but then Toby pops out wearing a diving helmet and squirts water in Max's face. At the end of his patience, Max fills Toby's shell with fireworks to draw him out. However, this backfires Toby as he unintentionally begins shooting fireworks in Max's direction. One firework sends Max flying out of the arena with the paramedics who are waiting to take Toby to the hospital. When the fireworks stop, Toby is declared the winner.

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Home media

The short was released on December 4, 2001, on Walt Disney Treasures: Silly Symphonies - The Historic Musical Animated Classics . [4] [2]

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