Tuesday, May 12, 2015


We were delighted to find this ad for the 1948 Walt Disney production of MELODY TIME in an old magazine. Click on the photos; you can find high quality excerpts on WWW.YOUTUBE.COM - just enter MELODY TIME 1948. It's sort of like a pop Fantasia.

And what a cast. For those who don't know: Melody Time is considered to be the last anthology feature made by the Walt Disney Animation Studios (the next film to be released was The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, which featured two stories). These package features were "little-known short-film compilations that Disney produced and released as feature films during World War II". They were "financially (and artistically) lightweight productions meant to bring in profits [to allow the studio to] return to fairy tale single-narrative feature form", a endeavour which they successfully completed two years later with Cinderella. While the shorts "contrast in length, form, and style", a common thread throughout is that each "is accompanied by song[s] from musicians and vocalists of the '40s" - both popular and folk music. READ MORE HERE http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melody_Time