A meditative nighttime tour through a swamp to the title song. A stork walks slowly through the water, takes a brief flight, and lands again; we examine the ripples his movement makes. A ... See full summary »

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A meditative nighttime tour through a swamp to the title song. A stork walks slowly through the water, takes a brief flight, and lands again; we examine the ripples his movement makes. A second stork joins in on a second slow, sweeping flight. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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This short was originally made for Fantasia (1940), around the "Claire De Lune" musical piece. It was completely finished, but it was cut for time reasons. See more »

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Blue Bayou
Written by Bobby Worth and Ray Gilbert
Performed by the Ken Darby Chorus
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Shades Of Blue
26 October 2002 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A Walt Disney Cartoon.

A pair of storks find tranquility in the moonlit sanctuary of the BLUE BAYOU.

This tiny extract from Disney's MAKE MINE MUSIC (1946) hasn't any dialogue and only the merest whisper of a plot. What it does have is a remarkable feeling of deep, otherworldly peace - a chance for a few moments to find a little rest within the confines of a hectic multi-episode animated film. It also is an excellent example of what Walt's animators were able to achieve with just one primary color.

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, Dumbo, Bambi & Peter Pan. 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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