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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Two stylized nursery rhymes are shown. First is "The House That Jack Built" as told with a variety of characters composed of letters that spell out their names (Example: the cow is made up ... See full summary »
The city of Anyburg decides its traffic situation has gotten out of hand, so it puts the automobile on trial. The trial (conducted in rhyme) starts with a car that was in a hit-and-run ... See full summary »
Humphrey the bear isn't having much luck with his fishing; every time he catches some nice fish, he gets distracted and drops them. So he goes after the catches of the local anglers instead... See full summary »
The and the history of a cute , simple, little house that used to live on a little hill on the countryside and how different times and ages passed by it from the classic time to the modern ... See full summary »
A bootle beetle elder tells the story of Morris, the moose about the size of a rabbit. Thunderclap the moose is taking on all challengers, and Morris decides to try, much to the amusement ... See full summary »
A young boy dreams of being a cowboy. After he gets the basics, as outlined in the title song, he's attacked by Indians. He runs out of bullets and manages to lasso them. He smokes the ... See full summary »
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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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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