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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:
Roy Rogers
Trigger (as Trigger the Smartest Horse in the Movies)
Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians
Freddy Martin ...
Freddy Martin - Pianist
Ethel Smith
Frances Langford (singing voice)
Buddy Clark ...
Bob Nolan (voice) (as Bob Nolan and the 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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All in Fun  »

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(RCA Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


One element of the Johnny Appleseed story missing from the film was that the man was also a missionary of The New Church, in other words Swedenborgianism. Originally an 18th-century religious movement based on the ideas of Swedish mystic Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), the ideas of the movement spread to the United States in the 19th century. Johnny Appleseed is credited to converting several people during his wanderings. 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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Johnny Appleseed
Written by Kim Gannon and Walter Kent
Performed by Dennis Day
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Wonderous Historical Magic from Walt Disney.
29 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

One thing children don't have anymore is appreciation for (or even knowledge of) legendary American heroes, whether fictional, exaggerated, or real. Public "schools" have even gotten in the habit of eradicating our Founding Fathers from American History. Here in this wondrous Walt Disney classic the Magic Paintbrush will take us back to the days of Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyon, Pecos Bill and others. I'm writing this from fond memory of having seen it 55 years ago. I remember it well. If me and the wife go to a movie this weekend, one thing is certain: If we successfully choose the very best movie at the multiplex we will have forgotten it by the next day. Hollywood simply does not make quality movies anymore. Cars? It wasn't bad; but who will remember it in 5 weeks let alone 50 years? Melody Time was Walt Disney at his low ebb. He would soon regain his reputation with Cinderella, Peter Pan and Treasure Island. Disney at his low ebb beats the pants off today's Hollywood at their very best.

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