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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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Trigger (as Trigger the Smartest Horse in the Movies)
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The Old Settler / Johnny Appleseed (voice)
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Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians
Freddy Martin ...
Freddy Martin - Pianist
Ethel Smith ...
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Frances Langford (singing voice)
Buddy Clark ...
Master of Ceremonies (voice)
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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
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Bobby Driscoll
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Luana Patten
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Storyline

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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7 HIT SONGS! 11 MUSICAL STARS! (original ad - all caps) See more »


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27 May 1948 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Pecos Bill is supposed to be a figure of traditional folklore and tall tales. However this status is in dispute and scholars suspect he is actually a figure of fakelore. Fakelore or pseudo-folklore consists of recently invented creations, often by a single author, who are presented as age-old folklore or traditional works. In the case of Pecos Bill, his first appearance in print was in a 1917 short story by Edward O'Reilly. O'Reilly claimed he based this story on a traditional tall tale and went on to publish several others. Soon other writers started using the character, most notably James Cloyd Bowman who won an award for his Pecos Bill novel. However there is no evidence that Pecos Bill is actually older than the 1910s and he is considered a likely creation of Edward O'Reilly himself. See more »

Quotes

[introduction to "Little Toot"]
Master of Ceremonies: There's drama, there's excitement, and there's harmony for three in a story of adventure on the sea. Now, featured in this epic is a ship of proud design. No, it's not this ocean liner. We take a different line. So with a huff and a puff and a chug-chug-chug, and a perky little hoot, we introduce our hero, the tugboat, Little Toot.
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Referenced in Heavy Traffic (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Bumble Boogie
Written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, arranged by Jack Fina
Performed by Freddy Martin Orchestra
Featuring Jack Fina on piano
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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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