The Metropolitan Opera is looking for the sea monster reported in newspaper headlines, because this monster sings beautifully! The "monster" is actually Willie, a whale who can sing in ... See full summary »
Segments: "A Rustic Ballad," a story of feuding hillbillys; "A Tone Poem," a mood piece set on a blue bayou; "A Jazz Interlude," a bobby-soxer goes jitterbugging with her date at the malt shop; "A Ballad in Blue," dark room, rain and somber landscapes illustrate the loss of a lover; "A Musical Recitation," the story of Casey at the Bat; "Ballade Ballet," ballet dancers perform in silhouette; "A Fairy Tale with Music," Peter and the Wolf; "After You've Gone," four musical instruments chase through a surreal landscape; "A Love Story," about the romance between a fedora and a bonnet; "Opera Pathetique," the story of Willie, the Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met.Written by
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Ernest Lawrence Thayer (1863-1940), creator of "Casey at the Bat" (1888) and its title character, was not a professional writer. He was the humor columnist of the newspaper San Francisco Examiner, and on occasion contributed articles on sports. The poem is one of his few written works to survive and the only one to become popular. See more »
In the segment "All the Cats Join In", when the blonde teenage boy and brunette teenage girl in their car pick up their first passenger, a brown haired teenage hitchhiker boy, their car is speeding so fast that his shoes fall off when he is picked up. Yet in the next shot of the car, the hitchhiker boy can be seen in the back seat of the car with his feet propped up and his shoes are back on his feet. See more »
Peter, don't just stand that way!
[the wolf leans Peter downward]
And don't stand that way either.
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In 2000 Disney cut the entire "Martins & Coys" sequence from the film due to the comic gunplay which they feared could be confused with reality by children. See more »
I'm a UK viewer and I saw "Make Mine Music" in the late 1940's,when it was newly released . I had seen and been excited by "Fantasia" and the "MMM" numbers, as a late teenager, I found hugely enjoyable. I'm sad to learn that the "Martins and the Coys" number has been deleted - it was fun and the hill billy feuding' was something we'd found amusing and harmless. I disagree with some of the comments on the individual numbers, particularly "Without You" by Andy Russell and "Two Silhouettes" by Dinah Shore, both of which made an impression on me and I've been trying to obtain a record of the former for years, without success. I have fond memories of "Johnny Fedora and Alic Blue Bonnet" (absurdly sentimental though it was)and can sing the first lines to this day. The Benny Goodman numbers are superb - musically and animation-wise - but then I'm a B.G.fan and ever will be. "Peter and the Wolf" persuaded me to listen to the real classical version and, subsequently, to buy the sound track record. Perhaps I do agree with the viewer who found Jerry Colonna's rendering of "Casey" a lemon but then you either take Jerry's versions of things or you don't. Nelson ("The singing capon")Eddy's version of "Willie" was a delight, though in later years it may have made one more conscious of the bloody aspects of whale hunting. Anyway, it was good to hear Nelson without "Heart of Steel" Jeanette MacDonald. You see, without seeing the film again the memories come tumbling out and I've given it a 9 for more reasons than one. Please will somebody tell me where I can obtain a VHS copy ? David Miles
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