6.6/10
309
7 user

Mother Goose Melodies (1931)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Musical | 17 April 1931 (USA)
An extremely large Old King Cole sings his story. His "fiddlers three" turn out to be the Three Blind Mice. And his book is Mother Goose, which illustrates Little Miss Muffett, Jack and ... See full summary »

Director:

(uncredited)
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Ambrose the kitten renames himself Butch and runs away from home with plans to become a robber. His first intended victim, though, is a real robber: Dirty Bill, a dog. Dirty Bill asks ... See full summary »

Director: David Hand
Stars: Billy Bletcher
Animation | Short | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A spider sneaks into the Sphinx and has several spooky encounters.

Director: Wilfred Jackson
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

To the tune "I Would Like to Be a Bird," a young mouse fashions wings from a pair of leaves, to the great amusement of his brothers when his attempts to use them fail. When the butterfly he... See full summary »

Director: David Hand
Stars: Clarence Nash
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A group of beavers goes about their dam-building, musically. The rain comes, and washes the dam away.

Director: Burt Gillett
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A Walt Disney Silly Symphony telling of the classic fable about a foot race between speedy Max Hare, aka The Blue Streak, and and Slow But Sure Toby Tortoise.

Director: Wilfred Jackson
Stars: Pinto Colvig, Eddie Holden, Ned Norton
Hell's Bells (1929)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The demons of hell play music for Satan, whose delight turns to wrath when an insubordinate refuses to become food for Cerberus.

Director: Ub Iwerks
Family | Animation | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The emperor's musicians play their instruments (and a stray cat) while the ladies of the court dance. Meanwhile, the children fish and play. But soon, the children anger the emperor, who ... See full summary »

Director: Wilfred Jackson
Water Babies (1935)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Without dialogue, "Water Babies" chronicles the activities of numerous kewpie doll-like water nymphs over the course of a single day, from their awakening from their slumber in the shelter ... See full summary »

Director: Wilfred Jackson
Stars: Marion Darlington, Leone Le Doux
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two Dutch children stumble on a clearing in the woods where gnomes are going about their business. The gnomes are friendly to the children. A witch comes and takes them away on her broom to... See full summary »

Director: Burt Gillett
Stars: Pinto Colvig, Lucille La Verne
The Cat's Out (1931)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The family cat, out for the night, stalks and catches a bird singing atop the weathervane, but it flies off, pulling the cat and weathervane down and knocking the cat out. The cat has a ... See full summary »

Director: Wilfred Jackson
Family | Musical | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The monkeys are swinging; their song and dance routine has other jungle creatures joining in. And two monkeys in love chase and kiss. But the hungry crocodiles lie in wait (and dance the soft shoe)...

Director: Burt Gillett
Springtime (1929)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Flowers, insects, and a crow family all dance to a jaunty tune celebrating spring. After a brief storm, grasshoppers, frogs, and spiders cavort to the Dance of the Hours.

Director: Walt Disney
Edit

Cast

Uncredited cast:
Marion Darlington ...
Bird whistles (voice) (uncredited)
...
Jack Horner (voice) (uncredited)
Allan Watson ...
King Cole (voice) (uncredited)
Edit

Storyline

An extremely large Old King Cole sings his story. His "fiddlers three" turn out to be the Three Blind Mice. And his book is Mother Goose, which illustrates Little Miss Muffett, Jack and Jill (they meet Simple Simon at the top of the hill), Humpty Dumpty, Little Jack Horner (his pie also contains the four-and-twenty blackbirds), Little Bo Peep, Little Boy Blue (his horn brings the sheep home, one of which falls in black mud and becomes Baa Baa Black Sheep), and Hey Diddle Diddle. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

sheep | pie | king | humpty dumpty | horn | See All (55) »


Certificate:

Approved
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 April 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mother Goose  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in The Making of 'Pinocchio': No Strings Attached (2009) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Nursery Rhyme time with Disney....
29 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Mother Goose Melodies is truly excellent from start to finish. The story is a very simple one, but doesn't feel like there isn't a story and more importantly doesn't feel like an excuse to string nursery rhymes and characters together. Mother Goose Melodies is fast-paced and very funny, with some great gags and scenes(in a nice mix of long and short in length) such as the Little Miss Muffet spider and the whole idea of the entire until the ending never falling out of the book, even when Jack and Jill fall down the hill, and the ending with its increasingly chaotic nature is a lot of fun. The animation is clean and smooth on the whole with the character designs not looking too exaggerated, the music is energetic and dynamic and actually includes singing rather than just dancing to music. The dancing as ever is choreographed niftily, not in a routine manner. I loved the characters also, the cameo of Clarabelle, as well as Mother Goose, Old King Cole, Little Miss Muffet, Jack Horner and Jack and Jill. All in all, a Disney Silly Symphony classic. Two years later, Disney remade this as Old King Cole, except that one is nowhere near as inspired or as good as Mother Goose Melodies, which for me remains one of the better very early Silly Symphonies. 10/10 Bethany Cox


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?