Melody Time (Bilingual)
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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!|Many of the segments in this film were later released separately as shorts.|Donald Duck, Jose Carioca, and Aracuan Bird are reunited from THE THREE CABALLEROS in the "Blame It On The Samba" portion of the film.|The "Johnny Appleseed" portion of the film tells the story of folk hero John Chapman, born in 1774, who wandered the Ohio River region for some 40 years planting and tending apple orchards.|Many believe the "Bumble Boogie" section of the film owes an indirect debt to "Destino," a surrealist short that Salvador Dali and Disney attempted to produce together.
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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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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These movies are so timeless; it's nice for children to see the older, classic movies. The music is fantastic!Published 10 months ago by mama4
Good Disney entertainment. I've always loved the early Disney films.Published 15 months ago by William Griffiths
Hours of fun for the kids. Old time favourites that as an adult I still remember and love!Published 21 months ago by katherine
I was disappointed to find out when I received it that I was unable to view it with a Canadian player.Published 22 months ago by Caitlyn Ternapolski
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!
An UNCENSORED version of Melody Time is available to purchase as a Region 2 Disney DVD on Amazon.co. Read morePublished on Sept. 20 2011 by Alan
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 morePublished on May 24 2004 by Ryne Williams
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