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Melody (1953)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Family | 28 May 1953 (USA)
An owl teaches his class full of birds about melody. It's all around in nature. Only birds and man can sing; man "sings" even when he speaks. We see a quick survey of the stages of life, as... See full summary »

Directors:

Ward Kimball, Charles A. Nichols (as C. August Nichols)

Writer:

Dick Huemer (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Loulie Jean Norman Loulie Jean Norman ... Penelope Pinfeather (voice) (uncredited)
Harry Stanton Harry Stanton ... Bass Singer in Canoe and Ship (voice) (uncredited)
Bill Thompson ... Professor Owl / Bernie Birdbrain (voice) (uncredited)
Gloria Wood Gloria Wood ... Suzy Sparrow (voice) (uncredited)
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An owl teaches his class full of birds about melody. It's all around in nature. Only birds and man can sing; man "sings" even when he speaks. We see a quick survey of the stages of life, as captured by songs: the alphabet song for primary school, Here Comes the Bride, The Old Gray Mare, etc. Some inspirations for song are outlined in song: love, sailing, trains, the West, motherhood, etc., but "we never sing about brains." Finally, an example of how a simple melody can be expanded into a symphony: an elaborate version of the simple tune that opened the lesson. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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The screen's first animated cartoon in 3-DIMENSION See more »


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Trivia

Included on the Disney DVD of Fantasia 2000 (1999) See more »

Quotes

Professor Owl: Today's lesson will be about something we really can't do without.
Bernie Birdbrain: About food?
[giggles]
Professor Owl: No, uh... Ab-about something everybody loves. Uh, eh...
Bernie Birdbrain: Uh, money?
Professor Owl: Mmm. No.
[stammering]
Professor Owl: The subject, uh...
[sees a baby bird chirping in a nest outside the window]
Professor Owl: Ah, yes! The subject for today is melody!
[...]
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Connections

Edited into Get It Right: Following Directions with Goofy (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

The Bird and the Cricket and the Willow Tree
Music by Paul Francis Webster
Lyrics by Sonny Burke
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Learning from the Birds
27 March 2004 | by travisimoSee all my reviews

It's been quite a while since I've seen a cartoon with that school of singing birds. I remember seeing them when I was a kid in this short and in "Toot, Whistle, Plunk, and Boom." It's a very fun and interesting concept as the birds teach the viewer about different aspects of music. Too bad this series didn't extend past TWP&B. The drawing style is very fun and carefree also. This is just a fun cartoon. I especially enjoyed the song that details the life of a human being.

However, it's not perfect, in my opinion. Near the end of the short, things get a little manic, and the short jumps to different songs and stories without notice. What starts out as a look at singing, melody, and the life of humans through a bird's perspective, turns into a bunch of stories and songs that just zoom on by the viewer. You can definitely notice "Melody's" 3-D roots as birds and objects fly toward the screen at a rapid pace. Too bad I didn't have the glasses, or they would have flown right at me!

Overall, "Melody" is still a solid and fun cartoon that will delight kids today and strike a chord of nostalgia with grown-ups. It has its drawbacks, but it's still a very enjoyable short!

My IMDb Rating: 8/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adventures in Music: Melody See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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