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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 Parlota Charlie Parlota ... Chorus Singer (voice) (uncredited)
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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Sound Mix:

Stereo (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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: Les différents styles (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

A Toot And A Whistle And A Plunk And A Boom
Written by Sonny Burke & Jack Elliott
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Disney Musically Entertains & Educates
28 October 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

We join Professor Owl as he teaches his avian students about where all the music comes from - in other words, the whole TOOT WHISTLE PLUNK AND BOOM of the matter.

This very engaging cartoon gives a lighthearted look at the origin of musical instruments. Using humor as the best tool to teach - in this instance zany cavemen bang home the lessons - it leaves the viewer with several pertinent facts from the fascinating world of musical history.

TOOT WHISTLE PLUNK AND BOOM was the Disney Studio's first foray into stylized, or limited, animation. The result was very successful & the 1953 Oscar for best cartoon was the reward.


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