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Melody Time (1948)

Approved | | Animation, Family, Music | 27 May 1948 (USA)
An anthology of animated vignettes set to contemporary music.

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Complete credited cast:
... Roy Rogers / Narrator (segment "Pecos Bill")
... Trigger (as Trigger the Smartest Horse in the Movies)
... Narrator / Johnny Appleseed / Johnny Appleseed's Angel (voice)
... The Andrews Sisters (singing voice) (as Andrews Sisters)
... Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians (singing voice)
Freddy Martin ... Freddy Martin - Pianist
... Ethel Smith
... Frances Langford (singing voice)
Buddy Clark ... Master of Ceremonies (voice)
... Bob Nolan (as Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers)
... Sons of the Pioneers (as Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers)
The Dinning Sisters ... The Dinning Sisters (singing voice)
... Bobby Driscoll
... Luana Patten
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Segments: "Once Upon a Wintertime," two lovers rescued from an icy river by friendly animals; "Bumble Boogie," bee beset by musical instruments and symbols come to life; "Johnny Appleseed," story of the legendary pioneer tree-planter; "Trees," mood piece set to musical treatment of Joyce Kilmer's poem; "Little Toot," story of a heroic little tugboat who saves an ocean liner; "Blame it on the Samba," Donald Duck and Jose Carioca have the blues blown away at a Latin cafe; "Pecos Bill," story of the legendary cowpoke, his trusty mount Widowmaker and his sweetheart Slue Foot Sue. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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A feature of Pecos Bill's background prominently featured in the Disney adaptation is that he was raised by coyotes. This makes him an example of the feral child figure which has been prominently used in mythology and fiction since antiquity. Among the most prominent examples are Enkidu, Atalanta, Romulus and Remus, Mowgli, and Tarzan. See more »

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[introduction to "Pecos Bill"]
Master of Ceremonies: Here's a tall tale straight from the chuck wagon, just the way the old-timers used to tell it. According to them, Pecos Bill was the roughest, toughest, rootin'est, tootin'est, shootin'est cowpoke that ever lived. Well, any story about old Pecos is bound to be right strong medicine, so maybe it's best to sashay into it kinda gentle-like.
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Little Toot
Written by Allie Wrubel
Performed by The Andrews Sisters
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Seven short Disney animations, done in a similar style to "Fantasia" but not as successful as that film.
17 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

During the '40s many of the animated films released by the Disney studios were compilation-style movies. By that, I mean that instead of telling one story over the course of 80 or so minutes, the films were made up of a series of short animated stories linked together. The most successful example of this approach was "Fantasia" (which was linked together by pieces of classical music), but nowadays many people are not aware that the studio made several films of this kind. "The Three Caballeros", "Make Music Mine", "Saludos Amigos", "Fun and Fancy Free" and "Melody Time" are some of the other examples.

Melody Time is split into seven sections. "Once Upon A Wintertime" deals with a loving couple who go ice-skating on a frozen river; "Bumble Boogie" deals with a bee which is pursued by a variety of living musical instruments to the accompaniment of Rimsky Korsakov's Flight Of The Bumblebee; "Johnny Appleseed" retells an old American legend about a pioneer who struck out west and planted the first apple forests; "Little Toot" deals with a mischievous young tugboat which redeems itself by saving a liner in a storm; "Trees" is a short poetic sequence in which the title tells you all you need to know; "Blame It On The Samba" is a simple dance sequence starring Donald Duck; and "Pecos Bill", which begins with real-life actors (among them Bobby Driscoll) talking around a desert campfire, and proceeds to relate the animated story of the titular Wild West character who was raised by coyotes and got into various wacky adventures.

Generally-speaking, I find the longer sequences the best. The opening sequence, "Wintertime", is excellent, with just the right touch of comedy and excitement. "Little Toot" is excellent too - arguably the best episode in the film in fact. And "Pecos Bill" is thoroughly entertaining and has some laugh-out-loud moments. Of the longer episodes, only "Johnny Appleseed" feels laboured and frankly dull. The shorter episodes are actually rather disappointing. "Bumble Boogie" has terrific musical accompaniment, but is forgettable; "Trees" is pleasant but ordinary; and "Blame It On The Samba" looks like a rejected sequence from The Three Caballeros (1947), and is by far the most irritating sequence in this film, despite the presence of the perennially popular Donald Duck. On the whole, Melody Time might only really appeal to Disney completists; it has amusing and ingenious moments though you have to wade through some dull stretches to find them.


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