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Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom (1953)

A crash course on the history of Western musical instruments.

Directors:

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

Writer:

Dick Huemer (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
The Mellomen The Mellomen ... Singing Group (voice) (uncredited)
Loulie Jean Norman Loulie Jean Norman ... Penelope Pinfeather (voice) (uncredited)
Charlie Parlato Charlie Parlato ... Chorus Singer (voice) (uncredited)
Bill Thompson Bill Thompson ... Professor Owl / Bertie Birdbrain (voice) (uncredited)
Gloria Wood Gloria Wood ... Suzy Sparrow (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

In this short subject (which mostly represents a departure from Disney's traditional approach to animation), a stuffy owl teacher lectures his feathered flock on the origins of Western musical instruments. Starting with cavepeople, whose crude implements could only "toot, whistle, plunk and boom," the owl explains how these beginnings led to the development of the four basic types of Western musical instruments: brass, woodwinds, strings, and percussion. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Approved

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adventures in Music: Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom See more »

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Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Owl: [plays a band song] Did you ever stop to think, when the band plays "rink-a-tink", where all the music comes from? From a Toot, and a Whistle, and a Plunk, and a Boom.
Students: That's where the music comes from!
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Alternate Versions

Black stereotypes have been cut from this short on the DVD version. See more »

Connections

Featured in L'ami public numéro un: Le grand concert (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

A Toot And A Whistle And A Plunk And A Boom
Written by Sonny Burke & Jack Elliott
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The Foundations of Music
29 December 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Oh! It's one of them "educational" films. This is a masterful look at the dynamics and science of musical instruments. It gives a rudimentary history of all things instrumental. The four words in the title refer to horns, wood winds, strings, and percussion, the four sections of the orchestra. It is done in a fun and visually interesting way. I recall seeing "Donald Duck in Mathemagic Land," in my math classes, an excellent teaching tool created by the Disney animators. The only part I had trouble with was that chorus of birds singing in the Andrews Sisters style. Many of the Dr. Seuss cartoons used this choral style and it becomes pretty tiresome at times. But it needed narration and this is they way they got it.


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