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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 <email@example.com>
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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