Melody Time (1948)

Approved  |   |  Animation, Family, Music  |  27 May 1948 (USA)
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An anthology of animated vignettes set to contemporary music.


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Complete credited cast:
Trigger (as Trigger the Smartest Horse in the Movies)
Dennis Day ...
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Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians ...
Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians
Freddy Martin ...
Freddy Martin - Pianist
Ethel Smith ...
Frances Langford (voice)
Buddy Clark ...
Master of Ceremonies (voice)
Bob Nolan (voice) (as Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers)
Sons of the Pioneers ...
Sons of the Pioneers
The Dinning Sisters ...
Dinning Sisters - Singers
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bobby Driscoll
Luana Patten ...
Luana Patten


Segments: "Once Upon a Wintertime," two lovers rescued from an icy river by friendly animals; "Bumble Boogie," bee beset by musical instruments and symbols come to life; "Johnny Appleseed," story of the legendary pioneer tree-planter; "Trees," mood piece set to musical treatment of Joyce Kilmer's poem; "Little Toot," story of a heroic little tugboat who saves an ocean liner; "Blame it on the Samba," Donald Duck and Jose Carioca have the blues blown away at a Latin cafe; "Pecos Bill," story of the legendary cowpoke, his trusty mount Widowmaker and his sweetheart Slue Foot Sue. Written by Paul Penna <>

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27 May 1948 (USA)  »

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All in Fun  »

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(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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While the character of Pecos Bill was likely a recent creation, his name has an older, historical basis. "Pecos Bill" was the nickname of William Rufus Shafter (1835-1906), a career military officer who served in the American Civil War, the American Indian Wars, and the Spanish-American War. He was highly decorated for valor and had quite a reputation in his time. See more »


[introduction to "Blame It On the Samba"]
Master of Ceremonies: The intoxicating rhythm of the samba. A talented miss serves a musical cocktail with a true Latin American fling. So if three boisterous birds of a feather fall under the influence of this torrid tropical tempo, don't blame them, blame it on the rhythm of the samba.
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Little Toot
Written by Allie Wrubel
Performed by The Andrews Sisters
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Disney animation with music shorts (again)
9 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Following on the heels of 'Fantasia' (which used classical music to accompany animated shorts) and 'Make Mine Music' (which used popular songs and recital instead), comes another musical anthology, 'Melody Time', the weakest of the three.

The Andrews Sisters perform 'Little Toot' to give life to a charming tale about a mischievous tug-boat who eventually redeems himself; while Roy Rogers performs the dullest piece of the film, 'Pecos Bill'. In-between we have a mixed bag - a choral version of the croaky old poem 'Trees'; a hot samba with Ethel Smith and Donald Duck; 'Bumble-Boogie' (which has a bee trying to escape from the musical cacophony which is Freddy Martin's orchestra and The Flight of the Bumble Bee); and the tale of Johnny Appleseed.

OK to pass the time but does not have anything on the scale of 'The Whale Who Wanted To Sing At The Met' or 'The Nutcracker Suite' from the previous films.

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