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Melody (1953)

 -  Animation | Short | Family  -  28 May 1953 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
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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bird | train | school | owl | bride | See more »

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FIRST OF THE "ADVENTURES IN MUSIC" SERIES See more »


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28 May 1953 (USA)  »

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Adventures in Music: Melody  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Footage from this short and it sequel "Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom" was given a new vocal track and used to present the songs in the "Sing-Along Songs" video series. See more »

Quotes

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: Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (1986) 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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Let's All Sing Like The Birdies Sing
15 September 2002 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A Walt Disney Cartoon.

Professor Owl teaches the students in his avian schoolhouse the importance of Melody & the sources of Inspiration in their daily lives.

ADVENTURES IN MUSIC - MELODY is a very enjoyable little film which gets its musical message across in a delightful manner. This was also the Studio's first foray into the field of 3-D animation. The wacky imagination of its co-director & animator, the irrepressible Ward Kimball (1914-2002), is evident throughout. The film would be followed the same year by a sequel, TOOT, WHISTLE, PLUNK, AND BOOM, which won the Oscar for best animated short for 1953.

Walt Disney (1901-1966) was always intrigued by drawings. As a lad in Marceline, Missouri, he sketched farm animals on scraps of paper; later, as an ambulance driver in France during the First World War, he drew figures on the sides of his vehicle. Back in Kansas City, along with artist Ub Iwerks, Walt developed a primitive animation studio that provided animated commercials and tiny cartoons for the local movie theaters. Always the innovator, his ALICE IN CARTOONLAND series broke ground in placing a live figure in a cartoon universe. Business reversals sent Disney & Iwerks to Hollywood in 1923, where Walt's older brother Roy became his lifelong business manager & counselor. When a mildly successful series with Oswald The Lucky Rabbit was snatched away by the distributor, the character of Mickey Mouse sprung into Walt's imagination, ensuring Disney's immortality. The happy arrival of sound technology made Mickey's screen debut, STEAMBOAT WILLIE (1928), a tremendous audience success with its use of synchronized music. The SILLY SYMPHONIES soon appeared, and Walt's growing crew of marvelously talented animators were quickly conquering new territory with full color, illusions of depth and radical advancements in personality development, an arena in which Walt's genius was unbeatable. Mickey's feisty, naughty behavior had captured millions of fans, but he was soon to be joined by other animated companions: temperamental Donald Duck, intellectually-challenged Goofy and energetic Pluto. All this was in preparation for Walt's grandest dream - feature length animated films. Against a blizzard of doomsayers, Walt persevered and over the next decades delighted children of all ages with the adventures of Snow White, Pinocchio, Bambi, Peter Pan and Mr. Toad. Walt never forgot that his fortunes were all started by a mouse, or that simplicity of message and lots of hard work always pay off.


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