An owl teaches his class full of birds about melody. It's all around in nature. Only birds and man can sing; man "sings" even when he speaks. We see a quick survey of the stages of life, as... See full summary »

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Loulie Jean Norman ...
Penelope Pinfeather (voice) (uncredited)
Harry Stanton ...
Bass Singer in Canoe and Ship (voice) (uncredited)
Bill Thompson ...
Professor Owl / Bernie Birdbrain (voice) (uncredited)
Gloria Wood ...
Susy Sparrow (voice) (uncredited)
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An owl teaches his class full of birds about melody. It's all around in nature. Only birds and man can sing; man "sings" even when he speaks. We see a quick survey of the stages of life, as captured by songs: the alphabet song for primary school, Here Comes the Bride, The Old Gray Mare, etc. Some inspirations for song are outlined in song: love, sailing, trains, the West, motherhood, etc., but "we never sing about brains." Finally, an example of how a simple melody can be expanded into a symphony: an elaborate version of the simple tune that opened the lesson. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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28 May 1953 (USA)  »

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Adventures in Music: Melody  »

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First animated short ever presented in 3-D. See more »

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Professor Owl: Today's lesson will be about something we really can't do without.
Bernie Birdbrain: About food?
[giggles]
Professor Owl: No, uh... Ab-about something everybody loves. Uh, eh...
Bernie Birdbrain: Uh, money?
Professor Owl: Mmm. No.
[stammering]
Professor Owl: The subject, uh...
[sees a baby bird chirping in a nest outside the window]
Professor Owl: Ah, yes! The subject for today is melody!
[...]
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Featured in Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Heigh-Ho (1987) See more »

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The Bird and the Cricket and the Willow Tree
Music by Paul Francis Webster
Lyrics by Sonny Burke
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Yuck.
13 August 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When "Melody" began, I immediately recognized it from the Sing-Along Songs videotape series from Disney. My oldest daughter watched this particular tape a bazillion times and my only experience with it until now has been in the Sing-Along version. In the case of the Sing-Along tape, entirely new narration and music was added--and the story was completely changed. Sadly, I wasn't all that impressed with either version. Why? Well, "Melody" suffers on two major accounts. First, the animation is very splashy and VERY low quality--the sort of minimalistic stuff Disney began doing after UPA Studio began winning Oscars for its ugly looking shorts. I just think they look poorly animated. Second, the story itself is exactly the sort of stuff kids hate--as there isn't any fun--just lots of education about melodies. Yuck. You can do better.


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