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Melody Time
Directed by Jack Kinney
Clyde Geronimi
Hamilton Luske
Wilfred Jackson
Produced by Walt Disney
Written by Winston Hibler
Harry Reeves
Ken Anderson
Erdman Penner
Homer Brightman
Ted Sears
Joe Rinaldi
William Cottrell
Jesse Marsh
Art Scott
Bob Moore
John Walbridge
Starring Roy Rogers
Trigger
Dennis Day
The Andrews Sisters
Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians
Freddy Martin
Ethel Smith
Frances Langford
Buddy Clark
Bob Nolan
Sons of the Pioneers
The Dinning Sisters
Bobby Driscoll
Luana Patten
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Release date(s) May 27, 1948
Running time 75 minutes
Language English

Melody Time (first released on May 27, 1948) is an animated feature produced by Walt Disney and released to theatres by RKO Radio Pictures. Made up of several sequences set to popular music and folk music, the film is, like Make Mine Music before it, the contemporary version of Fantasia, an ambitious film that proved to be a commercial disappointment upon its original theatrical release. Melody Time, while not meeting the artistic accomplishments of Fantasia, was a mildly successful film in its own right. It is the tenth animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series and the fifth package film following Saludos Amigos, The Three Caballeros, Make Mine Music, and Fun and Fancy Free.

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Film segments

This particular film has seven segments:

  • Once Upon a Wintertime features Frances Langford singing the title song about two romantic young lovers in December. The boy shows off for his girl, and near-tragedy and a timely rescue ensue. This short was also featured in Very Merry Christmas Songs which is part of Disney Sing Along Songs as a background movie for the song Jingle Bells.
  • Bumble Boogie is a surrealistic nightmare for a solitary bee trying to escape from a visual and musical frenzy. The music is courtesy of Freddy Martin and his orchestra (with Jack Fina playing the piano) and is a swing-jazz variation of Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee, which was one of the many pieces considered for inclusion in Fantasia.
  • The Legend of Johnny Appleseed is a retelling of the story of John Chapman, who spent most of his life roaming Mid-Western America (mainly Illinois and Indiana) in the pioneer days, and planting apple trees, thus earning his famous nickname. Dennis Day narrates and provides all the voices.
  • Little Toot is based on the poem by Hardie Gramatky, in which the title protagonist, a small tugboat, wants to be just like his father Big Toot, but can't seem to stay out of trouble. The Andrews Sisters provide the vocals. Out of all the musical segments, this one is the most famous.
  • Trees is a reciting of the famous Alfred Joyce Kilmer poem by Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians with the lyrical setting seen through the seasons.
  • Blame It On the Samba has Donald Duck and José 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.
  • Pecos Bill is the finale about the famous hero from Texas, the biggest and best cowboy that ever lived, his horse Widowmaker, and how he was brought back down to earth by a woman named Slue-Foot Sue. This retelling of the story is courtesy of Roy Rogers, Bob Nolan, and the Sons of the Pioneers to Bobby Driscoll and Luana Patten. This segment was later edited on the film's NTSC video release (but not the PAL release) to remove all scenes of Bill smoking a cigarette. The entire scene with Bill rolling the smoke and lighting it with a lightning bolt was cut and all other shots of the offending cigarette hanging from his lips were digitally removed.

Cast

Home video

Melody Time was first released on VHS on June 2, 1998, under the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection title. Its next, and so far final, release was on June 6, 2000 on VHS and DVD under the Walt Disney Gold Classic Collection title. The DVD print is still in stock today in several stores.

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Melody Time
Directed by Jack Kinney
Clyde Geronimi
Hamilton Luske
Wilfred Jackson
Produced by Walt Disney
Written by Winston Hibler
Harry Reeves
Ken Anderson
Erdman Penner
Homer Brightman
Ted Sears
Joe Rinaldi
William Cottrell
Jesse Marsh
Art Scott
Bob Moore
John Walbridge
Starring Roy Rogers
Trigger
Dennis Day
The Andrews Sisters
Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians
Freddy Martin
Ethel Smith
Frances Langford
Buddy Clark
Bob Nolan
Sons of the Pioneers
The Dinning Sisters
Bobby Driscoll
Luana Patten
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s) May 27, 1948
Running time 75 minutes
Language English

Melody Time is the tenth animated movie in the Disney animated features canon, produced by Walt Disney and first released to theatres by RKO Radio Pictures on May 27, 1948 . Melody Time was first released on home video on June 2, 1998, under the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection title. Its next, and so far last, release was on June 6, 2000 on DVD under the Walt Disney Gold Classic Collection title.

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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; Narrator
  • Bob Nolan - Himself; Singer; Narrator (Pecos Bill)
  • Sons of the Pioneers - Themselves; Singers; Narrators (Pecos Bill)
  • The Dinning Sisters - Singers (Blame It On the Samba)
  • Bobby Driscoll - Himself (Pecos Bill)
  • Luana Patten - Herself (Pecos Bill)

Worldwide release dates

Titles in other languages

  • Dutch: Melody Time
  • Finnish: Säveltuokio
  • French: Mélodie Cocktail (Le Temps d'Une Mélodie in French Canada)
  • German: Musik, Tanz und Rhythmus (also known as Donald's Hit Parade)
  • Italian: Lo Scrigno delle Sette Perle
  • Portuguese: Melodias Fantásticas (Portugal); Tempo de Melodia (Brazil)
  • Spanish: Tiempo de Melodiá (Spain); Ritmo y Melodia (Latin America)
  • Swedish: Melody Time (also known as Vilde Bill bjuder på fest and as Jag spelar för dig)

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