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Melody Time (1948)

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

Writers:

Winston Hibler (story), Erdman Penner (story) | 11 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roy Rogers ... Roy Rogers / Narrator (segment "Pecos Bill")
Trigger ... Trigger The Smartest Horse in the Movies (as Trigger the Smartest Horse in the Movies)
Dennis Day ... Narrator / Johnny Appleseed / Johnny Appleseed's Angel (voice)
The Andrews Sisters ... The Andrews Sisters (singing voice) (as Andrews Sisters)
Freddy Martin Freddy Martin ... (credit only)
Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians ... Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians (singing voice)
Ethel Smith ... Ethel Smith - Organist
Frances Langford ... Frances Langford (singing voice)
Buddy Clark Buddy Clark ... Buddy Clark - Master of Ceremonies (voice)
Bob Nolan ... Bob Nolan
Sons of the Pioneers ... Sons of the Pioneers
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Dinning Sisters The Dinning Sisters ... The Dinning Sisters (singing voice)
Bobby Driscoll ... Bobby Driscoll
Luana Patten ... Luana Patten
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Storyline

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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Trivia

During the making of this movie, when composer Ken Darby presented the music for the "Johnny Appleseed" segment to Walt Disney, Walt scorned the music, as sounding "like New Deal music," to which an enraged Darby shouted back, "THAT is just a cross-section of one man's opinion!" Darby would not be at the studio much longer after that. See more »

Quotes

[introduction to "Blame It On the Samba"]
Master of Ceremonies: The intoxicating rhythm of the samba. A talented miss serves a musical cocktail with a true Latin American fling. So if three boisterous birds of a feather fall under the influence of this torrid tropical tempo, don't blame them, blame it on the rhythm of the samba.
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Alternate Versions

In 1998 Disney changed the "Pecos Bill" segment. They cut a scene of Bill rolling a smoke and digitally removed all other shots of the offending cigarette hanging from his lips. The cigarette was edited out in each case resulting in the removal of almost the entire tornado sequence and some odd hand and mouth movements for Bill throughout. The UK DVD had these scenes uncut. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Mickey Mouse Club: Episode #2.59 (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Bumble Boogie
Written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, arranged by Jack Fina
Performed by Freddy Martin Orchestra
Featuring Jack Fina on piano
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One that got away...
31 August 2013 | by jimjo1216See all my reviews

All through my childhood of watching Disney movies on video, I'd somehow never seen MELODY TIME (although some footage had been used in sing-along montages).

MELODY TIME (1948) is similar to Disney's FANTASIA (1940), setting short animated stories to music, only this time Disney uses popular contemporary vocalists and musical acts instead of classical masterpieces. The Andrews Sisters sing a tale about a little tugboat and Dennis Day croons the saga of Johnny Appleseed. There's some live-action footage of organist extraordinaire Ethel Smith (integrated with Donald Duck and his feathered pal Jose) and Roy Rogers's singing posse (relating the legend of Pecos Bill). "Once Upon a Wintertime" (sung by Frances Langford) is the sleigh ride romance that is edited into Disney's Christmas sing-alongs.

This is definitely a second-tier Disney production, but it has its charms and is nicely animated. Kids should enjoy it, and it's an interesting sample of the musical 1940s.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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