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Erdman Penner (writer)
Joe Rinaldi (writer)
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27 May 1948 (USA) See more »
The life of the legendary Texas cowboy with his horse, Widowmaker, and how his romance with Slue Foot Sue disrupted it. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers

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

Luana Patten ... Luana

Directed by
Clyde Geronimi 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Erdman Penner  writer
Joe Rinaldi  writer

Produced by
Walt Disney .... producer
Original Music by
Paul J. Smith  (as Paul Smith)
Visual Effects by
Edwin Aardal .... effects animator (as Ed Aardal)
Joshua Meador .... effects animator (as Josh Meador)
Animation Department
Claude Coats .... background artist
Merle Cox .... background artist
Hugh Hennesy .... layout artist
Milt Kahl .... animator
Ward Kimball .... animator
Brice Mack .... background artist
Lance Nolley .... layout artist
Cliff Nordberg .... animator
Ken O'Brien .... animator
John Sibley .... animator
Marvin Woodward .... animator

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23 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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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 the 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 that's how come, to this very day. Coyotes howl at the moon that way.
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Really nice animation..., 2 February 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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