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...
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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
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It's been quite a while since I've seen a cartoon with that school of singing birds. I remember seeing them when I was a kid in this short and in "Toot, Whistle, Plunk, and Boom." It's a very fun and interesting concept as the birds teach the viewer about different aspects of music. Too bad this series didn't extend past TWP&B. The drawing style is very fun and carefree also. This is just a fun cartoon. I especially enjoyed the song that details the life of a human being.
However, it's not perfect, in my opinion. Near the end of the short, things get a little manic, and the short jumps to different songs and stories without notice. What starts out as a look at singing, melody, and the life of humans through a bird's perspective, turns into a bunch of stories and songs that just zoom on by the viewer. You can definitely notice "Melody's" 3-D roots as birds and objects fly toward the screen at a rapid pace. Too bad I didn't have the glasses, or they would have flown right at me!
Overall, "Melody" is still a solid and fun cartoon that will delight kids today and strike a chord of nostalgia with grown-ups. It has its drawbacks, but it's still a very enjoyable short!
My IMDb Rating: 8/10
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