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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 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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Certificate:

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

Like many of Disney's early Cinemascope films, a "flat" version shot in 4:3 ratio was made for theaters that were not equipped for Cinemascope. This required rearranging the artwork for some shots to accommodate the smaller screen. Shots of multiple repeated characters (like the bird chorus at the end, for instance) were literally cut in half, using two repetitions instead of four. The most notable change comes at the transition from the end of the "Boom" section to the parade that starts the finale. In the Cinemascope version, the background and characters fade out, leaving the drum in the last scene alone; the drum then jumps from the side of the screen to the center, and the parade fades in. In the flat version, the camera zooms in on the drum, dissolves into the parade and zooms back out. See more »

Connections

Featured in Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Heigh-Ho (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

A Toot And A Whistle And A Plunk And A Boom
Written by Sonny Burke & Jack Elliott
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Greatly entertaining and educational
13 January 2001 | by DMMII0See all my reviews

The other reviewers are correct, this is a great little movie. I remember watching it on a 16mm projector in jr hi music class. I'm glad to have it on DVD (bonus feature on Fantasia 2000) to share with my kids.

I would make one clarification. This movie is not about music history, but rather the principal characteristics of each family of musical instruments.

Toot = Brass Family / Whistle = Woodwind Family / Plunk = String Family / Boom = Percussion Family

This is a great introduction to musical instruments.


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