Pecos Bill (1948)

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The life of the legendary Texas cowboy with his horse, Widowmaker, and how his romance with Slue Foot Sue disrupted it.


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Bob Nolan (as Bob Nolan and The Sons of the Pioneers)
Luana Patten ...


Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers tell the story of Pecos Bill, an infant who fell out of a covered wagon and was discovered and raised by a family of coyotes. His relationship with the coyotes teaches him survival and, as a result, grows up to become a he-man of the American Desert earning the friendship of a horse named Widowmaker after rescuing him from a flock of buzzards. However, the relationship between man and horse is threatened when Pecos falls in love with a dame named Slue Foot Sue. They plan to wed but the marriage is threatened when Pecos offers Sue a ride on Widowmaker. Written by Matt Yorston <>

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27 May 1948 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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Originally released as an episode in the feature film Melody Time (1948) q.v. See more »


Roy Rogers: Yep, Bill went back to sleep he coyotes, but he never forgot Sue.
[Pecos Bill and Windowmaker are shown on top of a mountain under a full moon]
Roy Rogers: And every night when the moon raised high, he'd lift his voice a mournful cry.
[Bill howls mournfully at the moon]
Roy Rogers: Bewailing the fate of his lady fair, his long-lost love in the sky up there.
[the screen pans to a coyote standing on another mountain. The coyote howls at the moon]
Roy Rogers: So painful was his grief to see, the varmints joined in out of sympathy. And ...
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Really nice animation...
2 February 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a short that was used to make up the full-length film from Disney, "Melody Time". Following WWII, Disney Studio was a mess--a terrible strike and the war (where many of the workers were drafted and many more were assigned to wartime animation work) decimated the studio and many of the old animators were gone. As a result, Disney did not get back to making traditional animated feature films for several years. In the meantime, their 'full-length' films were really odd compilations of shorts--and of a rather lackluster quality compared to earlier and later work.

"Pecos Bill" is a cartoon that is narrated and sung by Roy Rogers and his regular backup group, The Sons of the Pioneers. It's a country western style cartoon about Pecos Bill--a kid abandoned (accidentally) in the desert and is raised by wolves--much like Mowgli from "The Jungle Book". Once he grows up, Bill has a lot of adventures--all set to country western music and narrated in a pretty funny manner. What I particularly liked was the animation--not the greatest Disney ever did, but better than anything else in "Melody Time"--even a bit better than "Little Toot". Enjoyable throughout, the only reservation I have is for younger audiences--I just can't see little kids enjoying this.

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