Mickey leads an 8-piece orchestra (that's counting the bass played by three birds as one) through the most recognizable parts of the Poet and Peasant Overture. The setting, as the title ... See full summary »
Mickey leads an 8-piece orchestra (that's counting the bass played by three birds as one) through the most recognizable parts of the Poet and Peasant Overture. The setting, as the title implies, is a barnyard, and some of the instrumentation reflects that (including various animals used as instruments, like a tuned group of piglets whose tails Mickey pulls). Written by
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While I usually don't like musical cartoons, this one is pretty cool.
I've got to be honest about cartoons--I really hate singing cartoon shorts from the 1930s. Sure, there are some that I love (such as some of the beautiful Silly Symphonies from Disney), but in general I find the music and saccharine characters hard to take. As a kid back in the 60s and 70s, I saw a lot of this sort of stuff on Saturday mornings--and I remember hating it even then! This was usually when my brother and I would go get a snack or take a bathroom break!! However, despite "The Barnyard Concert" being a musical, it was quite enjoyable! I was surprised but found it differed from the cutesy musicals quite a bit. First, the timing was exceptional--the characters moved in perfect unison with the music. Second, the cartoon was fun--as the barnyard animals did lots of cute cartoony things as they played their song. Third, the characters were not saccharine-like. Sure, a few were kind of cute, but no wide-eyes bunnies or other cute nonsense in this one--just a lot of fun. So, if you are an old grouch like me, don't immediately discount "The Barnyard Concert" because it's a musical--it's really quite good.
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