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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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Storyline

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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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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Trivia

Footage from this short and it sequel "Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom" was given a new vocal track and used to present the songs in the "Sing-Along Songs" video series. 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 3D Jamboree (1956) 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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Not quite as good as Toot, Whistle Plunk and Boom but still lots of fun
16 April 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Anybody who remembers or loves the Disney Sing-a-Long-Songs series will recognise Melody and its sequel Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom as serving the opening credits and various links in that series. Both Melody and Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom are well worth watching, delightful and nostalgic also for all ages, though I have more of a preference for the latter. This short Melody is a little rushed in the second half and at this point its emphasis is more on stringing songs together than educating. Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom was more even pacing-wise and I learned more from it. The somewhat abstract animation is a unique(for the time) and striking style and still looks good. You still learn a great deal from melody and it's told through told and some funny visual gags. The songs are very catchy with great harmonies, and the terrific singing vocals from all involved just elevate that quality. I agree that the one detailing a human being's life was the standout. Bill Thompson doesn't disappoint either. Overall, very nicely done and fun but falls a little short. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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