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Make Mine Music (1946)

Approved | | Animation, Family, Music | 15 August 1946 (USA)
Animation done to contemporary popular music.

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(as Bob Cormack), | 3 more credits »

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(story), (story) | 14 more credits »
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Dinah Shore (voice)
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Benny Goodman
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Andrews Sisters (voice) (as Andrews Sisters)
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Narrator (segment "Casey at the Bat") (voice)
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Andy Russell (voice)
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Tatiana Riabouchinska ...
Tatiana Riabouchinska (as Riabouchinska)
David Lichine ...
David Lichine (as Lichine)
The Pied Pipers ...
The PIed Pipers (voice) (as Pied Pipers)
The King's Men ...
The King's Men (voice) (as King's Men)
Ken Darby Chorus ...
Ken Darby Chorus (voice)
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Segments: "A Rustic Ballad," a story of feuding hillbillys; "A Tone Poem," a mood piece set on a blue bayou; "A Jazz Interlude," a bobby-soxer goes jitterbugging with her date at the malt shop; "A Ballad in Blue," dark room, rain and somber landscapes illustrate the loss of a lover; "A Musical Recitation," the story of Casey at the Bat; "Ballade Ballet," ballet dancers perform in silhouette; "A Fairy Tale with Music," Peter and the Wolf; "After You've Gone," four musical instruments chase through a surreal landscape; "A Love Story," about the romance between a fedora and a bonnet; "Opera Pathetique," the story of Willie, the Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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(RCA Sound System)

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The birds featured in the "Blue Bayou" segment are egrets. They are a type of heron. Several egret species were endangered for much of the 20th century. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Peter, don't just stand that way!
[the wolf leans Peter downward]
Narrator: And don't stand that way either.
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Soundtracks

After You've Gone
(1918)
Music by Turner Leighton (uncredited)
Lyrics by Henry Creamer (uncredited)
Performed by Cozy Cole (as Cole), Sid Weiss (as Weiss), Teddy Wilson (as Wilson), and Benny Goodman (as Goodman)
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A big batter, some bopping boppers and a booming bass to round things off.
12 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

I really enjoyed Make Mine Music. And then I found out I hadn't seen it all. Thankfully, that was easily resolved by a quick visit to YouTube to see the excised segment "The Martins And The Coys", another reason for me to appreciate the delays to all attempts to censor material (if that damn PIPA or SOPA or WhateveritendsupbeingPA ever gets through then we will lose access to gems like that one).

Now, having seen the whole thing, I can still say that I really enjoyed it. It wasn't a complete success but it was a wonderful mix of animation and music that felt almost like a Fantasia-lite, which is a good thing for those who thought some parts of Fantasia were a bit too ponderous.

Here are the individual sections, as they should be viewed and a little bit about each one.

The Martins And The Coys - available to view on YouTube, this tells a tale of two families feuding in the mountains until all but two are left, a boy and a girl who may want to lay down their guns and just get closer to one another. The comic gunplay is the reason that this has been removed from subsequent releases of the movie. "Pah" is all I have to say to that.

Blue Bayou - One of the duller moments, but it's very brief and therefore quite painless to watch.

All The Cats Join In - Well, well, well, this is a bit racy for Disney. It's also a LOT of fun as an artist struggles to get the drawings finished and often interrupts the action so that he can finish the details required. Energetic animation is accompanied by energetic music from Benny Goodman.

Without You - Mediocre but lovely to look at. Again, being rather brief makes this quite a painless watch.

Casey At The Bat - Jerry Colonna recites the poem by Ernest Thayer about a baseball player who is beloved and arrogant, right up until things go horribly wrong for him.

Two Silhouettes - A nice piece of animation mixing live-action ballet in there.

Peter And The Wolf - A delightful piece that utilises the famous musical composition by Sergei Prokofiev.

After You've Gone - Fairly enjoyable filler moment, with another turn from Benny Goodman.

Johnny Fedora And Alice Blue Bonnet - A love story between two hats. It's surprisingly well done and enjoyable, with The Andrews Sisters providing the vocals.

The Whale Who Wanted To Sing At The Met - Exactly as the title says. This is a lovely, bittersweet, end to the proceedings and manages to be as moving as it is inherently absurd.

With the usual wealth of directors and writers on board for this one, Make Mine Music maintains the quality and cuteness that Disney was already well-known for at this stage. With a mix of comedic pieces, love stories and mood moments, it may feel like little more than an animated anthology movie but that's no bad thing. If you don't like any of the segments then you can feel safe in the knowledge that you may like whatever is coming in the next few minutes.

One of many movies that ended up being made from other "scraps" and ideas for other movies, Make Mine Music feels surprisingly cohesive throughout despite the lack of any major theme linking the separate segments. It's just all about the music and the lyrics, with appropriate animation for each tale, and it impresses as a fun and light confection that has still been crafted with skill and care.


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