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 »
Sea Captain Windwagon Smith hits Westport, Kansas, the starting point of the old Oregon and Santa Fe Trails, and is quickly the laughing stock of the town; instead of traveling in the usual... See full summary »
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Barbara Jo Allen,
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The story of a little boy who would only talk in sound effects. With story by Dr. Seuss (and Bill Scott of Rocky and Bullwinkle fame) this cartoon won the Oscar for best short subject (animated) for 1950.
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
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Not quite as good as Toot, Whistle Plunk and Boom but still lots of fun
Anybody who remembers or loves the Disney Sing-a-Long-Songs series will recognise Melody and its sequel Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom as serving the opening credits and various links in that series. Both Melody and Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom are well worth watching, delightful and nostalgic also for all ages, though I have more of a preference for the latter. This short Melody is a little rushed in the second half and at this point its emphasis is more on stringing songs together than educating. Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom was more even pacing-wise and I learned more from it. The somewhat abstract animation is a unique(for the time) and striking style and still looks good. You still learn a great deal from melody and it's told through told and some funny visual gags. The songs are very catchy with great harmonies, and the terrific singing vocals from all involved just elevate that quality. I agree that the one detailing a human being's life was the standout. Bill Thompson doesn't disappoint either. Overall, very nicely done and fun but falls a little short. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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