Little Hiawatha (film) Silly Symphony cartoon; released on May 15, 1937. Directed by Dave Hand. A little Indian boy desires to be a mighty hunter and goes out in the forest to prove it. But he cannot kill a bunny that crosses his path, an act that endears him to the woodland creatures who later rescue him from a grizzly bear. At one time Walt considered making a Hiawatha feature film, but the story never satisfied him, so the idea was shelved.