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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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Cast

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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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Walt Disney's GREAT NEW MUSICAL COMEDY (original ad - many caps) See more »


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27 May 1948 (USA)  »

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All in Fun  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Little Toot section of the film received a comics adaptation in 1948. It was drawn by Harvey Eisenberg. Little Toot went on to star in a few original Disney comic book stories in the 1970s, though he was never a major star in the medium. 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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Soundtracks

Johnny Appleseed
Written by Kim Gannon and Walter Kent
Performed by Dennis Day
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True, each era has its entertainers...
13 November 2014 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

...but no one in the 21st century is going to recognize any of the people who did the music for "Melody Time". Dennis Day? Fred Waring? Frances Langford? And besides, the movie has some of the hokiest sketches. As for Roy Rogers, maybe he and John Wayne were seen as role models in the '40s and '50s, but can we in the 2010s truly see them as such?*

So, it's not just that I'm the sort of person who prefers to watch all sorts of different movies from around the world. I prefer it if family movies have a more complex purpose than being happy-go-lucky. For example, I wouldn't call "Frozen" a masterpiece but I thought that it made a good point about accepting oneself as one is and others as they are. But more than anything I always preferred the Looney Tunes cartoons; their irreverence and grittiness starkly contrasted with Disney's cuteness.

The point is that I don't recommend "Melody Time".

*Read John Wayne's comment about relations between white settlers and American Indians if you want to know what I mean.


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