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Melody Time (1948)

a musical fantasy, has nine parts: Once Upon a Wintertime, Bumble Boogie, The Legend of Johnny Appleseed, Little Toot, Trees, Blame It on the Samba, Pecos Bill. Is the tenth animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series.

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It's Melody Time, time to hitch your wagon to a song, as a song is the one and only thing that will take you to the land where music is king. So join in the fun. There's something here for everyone. You'll find rhythm, romance, reason, rhyme. Something ridiculous. Something sublime! You can't go wrong if you swing along. Come to the jubilee!

Review


Melody Time - Once Upon A Wintertime Once Upon A Wintertime

Sung by Frances Langford. It's Melody Time The memory of wintertime long ago, of clear, crisp air and new-fallen snow, of frost on a windowpane, of sleigh-bells heard from the lane. In this wonderland, romance is the theme, for this is the story of love's young dream. Don't you kind of love December When the merry snowbells chime?
 

Melody Time - Bumble Boogie Bumble Boogie

With Freddy Martin, an admirer of the classics, inspired by Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumble Bee, interprets this fantasy in his unique style. In a furious flight, a confused character tries to escape from the hectic harmony of an instrumental nightmare.
 

Melody Time - The Legend Of Johnny Appleseed The Legend Of Johnny Appleseed

The Old Settler Johnny Appleseed and Johnny's Angel portrated by Dennis Day. In American folklore, mighty men have left the symbols of their greatness. There was Paul Bunyan's axe. John Henry's hammer. Davy Crockett's rifle. Then, unexpectedly, one comes upon a tinpot hat, a bag of appleseed and a holy book. These are the symbols of one of the mightiest men of all, John Chapman, a real-life pioneer. Today, we know him simply as Johnny Appleseed.
 

Melody Time - Little TooT Little TooT

Based on the story also titled Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky, in which the title protagonist, a small tugboat, wanted to be just like his father Big Toot, but couldn't seem to stay out of trouble. The Andrews Sisters provide the vocals. Excitement and harmony for three in this story of adventure on the sea.
 

Melody Time - Trees movie Trees movie

Poem by Joyce Kilmer, music by Oscar Rasbach, arrangement by Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians. There's poetry in trees. Then one day a poet found it. Then a music master wove around it a melody. An artist touched it, gave it form in colours rich and warm. Now we bring to you these three, poem, picture, melody. A simple tribute to a tree.
 

Melody Time - Blame It On The Samba Blame It On The Samba

Performed by Ethel Smith and the Dinning Sisters, with amazing rhythm of the samba. We serve up a musical cocktail with true Latin American flavour. If three boisterous birds of a feather fall under the influence of this tropical tempo, don't blame them, blame it on the rhythm of the samba. Melody Time - Blame It On the Samba has Donald Duck and Jose Carioca meeting with the Aracuan Bird who introduces them to the pleasures of the samba. The Dinning Sisters provide the vocals while organist Ethel Smith plays the organ.
 

Melody Time - Pecos Bill Pecos Bill

Performed by Roy Rogers and The Sons Of The Pioneers. Melody Time - Pecos Bill movie was the roughest, toughest shootingest cowpoke that ever lived. Any story about Pecos is bound to be strong medicine. Maybe it's best to sashay into it gently. Once, a drought spread all over Texas, so to sunny Californy he did go. Though the gag is corny he brought rain from Californy. That's the way we got the Gulf of Mexico. He knew he'd never reach the border Water! If he didn 't get some water Water! So he got a stick and dug the Rio Grande
 
 

Cast


Roy Rogers - Himself, Narrator, Singer (Pecos Bill); Trigger, the Smartest Horse in the Movies - Himself; Dennis Day - Narrator, Singer, Characters (Johnny Appleseed); The Andrews Sisters - Singers (Little Toot); Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians - Singers (Trees); Freddy Martin - Music composer (Bumble Boogie); Ethel Smith - Organist (Blame It On the Samba); Frances Langford - Singer (Once Upon a Wintertime); Buddy Clark - Singer; Bob Nolan - Himself; Singer; Narrator (Pecos Bill); Sons of the Pioneers - Themselves; The Dinning Sisters - Singers (Blame It On the Samba); Bobby Driscoll - Himself; Luana Patten - Herself; Dallas McKennon - Himself;


Production


Directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske; story by Hardie Gramatky, Winston Hibler, Erdman Penner, Harry Reeves, Homer Brightman, Ken Anderson, Ted Sears, Joe Rinaldi, William Cottrell, Art Scott, Jesse Marsh, Bob Moore, John Walbridge; music by Eliot Daniel, Paul J. Smith; film editing by Donald Halliday, Thomas Scott.


Melody Time Lyrics written by George Weiss and Bennie Benjamin, performed by Buddy Clark

Melody Time It's time to swing along To a happy land of sound Where love is the thing Melody Time It's time for sweet romance Won't you give your heart a chance To join in and sing? Take a tip from the birds You don 't need words For music has charm It's the language of love When your love's in your arms Rhythm and rhyme Sure help a heart along So come on and sing a song.