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 ...
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Mickey puts on a show in his barnyard. A short dramatic scene by a chicken and rooster; an operatic ode by Patricia Pig, and then the main attraction: Mickey sings and plays his theme song, then dances to it.
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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