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Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom (1953)

A crash course on the history of Western musical instruments.

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
The Mellomen ...
Singing Group (voice) (uncredited)
Loulie Jean Norman ...
Penelope Pinfeather (voice) (uncredited)
Charlie Parlato ...
Chorus Singer (voice) (uncredited)
Bill Thompson ...
Professor Owl / Bertie Birdbrain (voice) (uncredited)
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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10 November 1953 (USA)  »

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Adventures in Music: Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shown as an accompanying short subject along with the 1963 re-release of Fantasia (1940). 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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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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Greatly entertaining and educational
13 January 2001 | by See 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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