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Melody Time (1948)

Approved | | Animation, Family, Music | 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 (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)
Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians ... Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians (singing voice)
Freddy Martin Freddy Martin ... Freddy Martin - Pianist
Ethel Smith ... Ethel Smith
Frances Langford ... Frances Langford (singing voice)
Buddy Clark Buddy Clark ... Master of Ceremonies (voice)
Bob Nolan ... Bob Nolan (as Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers)
Sons of the Pioneers ... Sons of the Pioneers (as Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers)
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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For Your All-Time Good Time! See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All in Fun See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

While relatively well received at the time of its release, one main criticism against this film is that not all its segments are of equal quality and impact. The segments about Johnny Appleseed and Pecos Bill received the most praise since they are sagas which follow their protagonists from the beginning to the end of their careers. Animation historians Jerry Beck and Steven Watts praised some aspects and segments of the film as highly creative and memorable, and dismissed the rest as forgettable filler. See more »

Quotes

[introduction to "Little Toot"]
Master of Ceremonies: There's drama, there's excitement, and there's harmony for three in a story of adventure on the sea. Now, featured in this epic is a ship of proud design. No, it's not this ocean liner. We take a different line. So with a huff and a puff and a chug-chug-chug, and a perky little hoot, we introduce our hero, the tugboat, Little Toot.
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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

Features Bumble Boogie (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Once Upon a Wintertime
Written by Bobby Worth and Ray Gilbert
Performed by Frances Langford
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Scattered moments of animated magic
28 June 2007 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Seven animated musical shorts from Walt Disney (with some live-action interspersed) include themes of young love and the wonders of nature. Highlights are the raucous "Pecos Bill" segment and the story of "Johnny Appleseed". Obviously, "Melody Time" was a holding-pattern release for the studio while they completed their more high-profile pictures. Certainly it is filled with gorgeous color, animated grandeur, and old-fashioned songs, but it's considered to be one of Disney's lesser efforts, and for good reason. The lack of a strong theme, matched with Disney's penchant for cuteness, may cause some non-Disney buffs to start squirming after thirty minutes or so. Pretty much interchangeable with "Make Mine Music", which was released in 1946. **1/2 from ****


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