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Melody Time (1948)

Approved | | Animation, Family, Music | 27 May 1948 (USA)
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)
The Old Settler / Johnny Appleseed (voice)
Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians ...
Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians
Freddy Martin ...
Freddy Martin - Pianist
Ethel Smith ...
Frances Langford (singing 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
Bobby Driscoll
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 <tterrace@wco.com>

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27 May 1948 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character who introduces Donald Duck and José Carioca to the pleasures of the samba is the Aracuan Bird. He is a minor but memorable Disney character. He was introduced as a rare bird in the film "The Three Caballeros" (1944), and co-stared with Donald Duck in the "Clown of the Jungle" (1948). While he appeared only 3 times in classic Disney films, he has received more prominent treatment in comic books and has been in some more recent Disney productions. 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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Melody Time
Written by George David Weiss (as George Weiss) and Bennie Benjamin
Performed by Buddy Clark
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Scattered moments of animated magic
28 June 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Seven animated musical shorts from Walt Disney (with some live-action interspersed) include themes of young love and the wonders of nature. Highlights are the raucous "Pecos Bill" segment and the story of "Johnny Appleseed". Obviously, "Melody Time" was a holding-pattern release for the studio while they completed their more high-profile pictures. Certainly it is filled with gorgeous color, animated grandeur, and old-fashioned songs, but it's considered to be one of Disney's lesser efforts, and for good reason. The lack of a strong theme, matched with Disney's penchant for cuteness, may cause some non-Disney buffs to start squirming after thirty minutes or so. Pretty much interchangeable with "Make Mine Music", which was released in 1946. **1/2 from ****

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