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Melody Time (Bilingual)

Buddy Clark , Dennis Day , Clyde Geronimi , Wilfred Jackson    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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In the grand tradition of Disney's greatest musical classics such as FANTASIA, MELODY TIME features seven classic stories, each enhanced with high-spirited music and unforgettable characters! Donald Duck -- an all-time Disney favorite -- puts on a display of jazzy antics as the star of "Blame It On The Samba." Music becomes a real adventure for a busy bumble bee in "Bumble Boogie." From the mischievous young tugboat in "Little Toot," to the heroes of legend and myth in "Johnny Appleseed" and "Pecos Bill," this feast for the eyes and ears entertains with wit and charm. A timeless addition to your video collection, MELODY TIME is a delightful Disney classic with something for everyone in your family!

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This is another collection of Disney shorts set to music, but this time the formula works. That's predicated on the inherent strength of the individual pieces and almost all of them come through. Surprisingly, two American folk heroes, Johnny Appleseed and Pecos Bill, are the stars of this show, with rousty little tunes, humor, and compelling linear story lines (a rarity in most of these shorts). Even the shorts that are weak in one area, thematically or musically, make up for it in another. There's very little of the Disney animators attempting to be 1940s modern, thank goodness, and there's a sterling quality in the depth of the art work. A definite plus to an animation (or Disney) collection. --Keith Simanton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Editing a cartoon? Gimme a break! Oct. 31 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I'll admit that I haven't purchased this or the other apparantly edited Disney cartoons (for the sake of political correctness) I've read about (such as Melody Time, etc.) according to customer reviews here yet, but despite this, I'm disappointed, but still interested in getting them. However, I still wanted to voice my opinion on this. Like another customer implied, rate them, don't RUIN them! If it's necessary for a Disney movie to have a PG rating because of a few unacceptable things that were perfectly acceptable at the time it was made, what's wrong with that? I've very disappointed at Disney for this... Booooo! Hsssss! Boooo! Both my thumbs are down on this...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disney's 10th Animated Masterpiece! March 5 2004
Format:DVD
Melody Time is the 3rd of Disney's package features and probably one of the best, I love many of the shorts featured in this film, specially "Little Toot" and "Blame it on the Samba". Little Toot is the story of a mischevious little boat getting into a lot of trouble for accidentally crashing a ship into the city by the shore and Blame ot on the Samba is a fun, musical cartoon featuring Disney's Donald Duck and Joe Carioca. The shorts are wonderfully animated and very colorful. I do believe that this package feature is one of the few that wasn't edited, so I suppose it makes a great gift to any Disney fan, or just a great addition to your own Disney collection.
The DVD brings a few extra musical cartoons, not much, but I suppose there isn't much documentary on this title so I suppose this DVD edition is the best we might be getting, that's why I would recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quackeriffic! April 25 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Melody Time (1948) was the third of the Disney Orchestral cartoons.Produced and illustrated by Walt Disney (1902-1966).I remember watching this in 2nd grade.The only cartoon in this movie I remember is the Johny Appleseed sequence.It's about a man named Johny(Appleseed isn't really his last name,you knoW)and why he likes apples and why they call him Appleseed.Of course,Mr Applessed isn't just made up.But why do they have Donald on the boxes?I didn't see Donald in this.It's sort of a 2nd sequel to Fantasia(1940) but it's not.Fantasia only has one sequel:Fantasia 2000(1999).Make Mine Music (1946) was nicknamed the 1st sequel to Fantasia.If you like Melody Time,buy Fantasia,Fantasia 2000 or Make Mine Music today!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The original sequel to Fantasia? Dec 14 2003
Format:DVD
This fine collection of short subjects was obviously done to be a sequel of sorts to Fantasia. Here's what to expect:
In "Once Upon a Wintertime" one can almost believe that you have stepped over a threshold into a greeting card come to life.
In "Bumble Boogie" we are treated to a jazzy version of "Flight of the Bumblebee" complete with a bee and flowers, and the ever more surreal adventures he has. This is one of the most obvious nods to "Fantasia" in the movie. There are no words. Just the Bee and his music.
"Johnny Appleseed" is one of the main reasons to buy this disk, however. The story of this American Folk Hero has never been done better. I still get a little choked up every time I get to the end. "Johnny Appleseed" will always be one of my very favorite Disney shorts.
In "Little Toot" we are treated to a Disney version of this great Children's story. The story of the "Little Tugboat that Could" gets the young ones chanting right along - "You can do it, Little Toot!"
"Trees" is a marvelous animated rendition of Joyce Kilmer's famous poem.
"Blame It On The Samba" seems to be left over from the recent releases of "Saludos Amigos" and "Three Caballeros". An infectious Latin American rhythm and Donald Duck make this a wonderful way to introduce both "Saludos Amigos" and "Three Caballeros".
Finally, "Pecos Bill". Another American legend, this time more in the flavor of Paul Bunyan, "Pecos Bill" does not suffer from the limited amount of retouching they did to remove almost all references to Bill's cigarette.
I think this is a wonderful addition to the "canon" of Disney Animated movies, and a great addition to a library of children's films.
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Format:DVD
This is a nice glimpse of what Disney passed as a "feature" during and after the war, and it shows a willingness by whoever's in charge of the Disney studios to be faithful to Disney's original intentions(it would have been easy for the money men to chop up this feature, "Make Mine Music", "Salugos Amigos" and other collections, bundle them up with other shorts and release them separately).
BUT...
That honour only goes so far! They're willing to reissue a feature as Walt originally intended, but that feature has been "edited for content"(as the green screen at the beginning of the feature says). And it's not just "Melody Time"; "Make Mine Music", "The Three Caballeros" and others all carry that familiar distinction.
Why do they persist in "homogenizing"(for lack of a better word)Disney's classic works, while the modern studios are going full force in what they're censoring from the past? I mean, they take out a few seconds worth of Pecos Bill's cigarette, but the old lady character from "Atlantis" smokes like a chimney!
This says to me that there are too many cooks in the kitchen; doesn't everyone wish that there was someone who could be the strong head of Disney the way Walt was? Overseeing everything from story construction in animated features to the foundation and expansion of Disneyland, all without missing a step?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hours of fun for the kids. Old time favourites that as an adult I still remember and love!
Published 19 days ago by katherine
2.0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed to find out when I received it that I ...
I was disappointed to find out when I received it that I was unable to view it with a Canadian player.
Published 1 month ago by Caitlyn Ternapolski
3.0 out of 5 stars Melody Time
This is a good collection of short movies inspired by music. Every collector of classical Disney will enjoy.
We all miss the good cinema of the old times...
Published 8 months ago by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Editification
DVD was in great condition; no problems--except for Disney's bizarre editing. Pecos Bill's hands &
lips "smoke" but the cigarette has been digitally removed!
Published 12 months ago by Deborah Quiring
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it simply for PECOS BILL's cigarette
An UNCENSORED version of Melody Time is available to purchase as a Region 2 Disney DVD on Amazon.co. Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2011 by Alan
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Make Mine Music but doesn't equal to Fantasia.
The third attempt to remake Fantasia Disney comes across better. In this film they are telling little stories than really little musical dittys that we saw in Make Mine Music. Read more
Published on May 24 2004 by Ryne Williams
1.0 out of 5 stars Anouther censored piece of art.
This film has been censored just like Fantasia and Saludos Amigos and Make Mine Music. I really hate when someone tries to tell me what I can and cannot see. Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Disney!
Great classic cartoons, fun for the whole family! Gotta love the old Disney stuff! Cute stories, great animation, and great music.
Published on Aug. 6 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, yet ultimately flawed
Like Fantasia, this movie features many short animated clips, but set to "modern" music -- if you consider the 40's to be modern. Read more
Published on July 16 2002 by Brad Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful animation
I saw this movie in 1948. It was the first time I had met Johnny Appleseed and Pecos Bill. Watching it 54 years later made me feel like I was 7 years old all over again. Read more
Published on June 9 2002 by Lola
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