Tulips Shall Grow

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Tulips Shall Grow
Directed byGeorge Pal (uncredited)
Produced byGeorge Pal
Story byCecil Beard
George Pal
Jack Miller (all uncredited)
Originated by:
George Pal
StarringRex Ingram
Victor Jory
Music byEddison von Ottenfeld
CinematographyGeorge Pal
Animation byChief animator:
Ray Harryhausen (uncredited)
Layouts byCharacter designer:
Wah Chang (uncredited)
Color processBlack and White (black-and-white edition by National Telefilm Associates)
Technicolor (original 3-strip Technicolor)
George Pal Productions
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
January 26, 1942
Running time
7 minutes
CountryUnited States

Tulips Shall Grow is a 1942 American animated short film directed by George Pal and starring Rex Ingram and Victor Jory. It was released by Paramount Pictures [1] and originally photographed in 3-strip Technicolor, it later became the black-and-white edition by National Telefilm Associates.


A Dutch boy and girl's idyllic existence is destroyed when they are overrun by a group of Nazi-like mechanical men called "The Screwballs", who lay waste to everything they touch; the Screwballs are later destroyed by a thunderstorm (the rain of which causes them to rust) and the boy and girl's idyllic life resumes.


The cartoon was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Short Subject, Cartoons. In 1997, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". [2]

It was also included on the 1987 compilation film The Puppetoon Movie. [3]


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