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
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A "sequel" of sorts to 1953's 'Adventures in Music: Melody.' This was originally meant to be an ongoing series (note the "Adventures In Music" in the opening titles of this short), but no others were produced. See more »
[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.
That's where the music comes from!
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Black stereotypes have been cut from this short on the DVD version. See more »
A worthy short, and another Oscar, for Uncle Walt with this short clearly influenced by UPA's work
This short, Disney's best in some time, won an Oscar and clearly shows an influence from the animation style of the UPA studios that were doing remarkable work in the 1950s. Disney did a number of shorts that were different stylistically and in tone than the work they had produced in the 1930s and 1940s and this is probably the best of those shorts. I's good to see that it's available, even if it's only on a DVD as additional material. Most recommended.
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