Hello Disney friends!
We are still in the thick of the lost years of Disney movies. This week, I watched a very little known Make Mine Music. This movie is comprised of a handful of short films, all set to music of course. I had never seen this movie before, and I didn’t really know what to expect.
In researching the film, I saw that the reason for the last two movies (and the next three movies) being comprised of shorts is because of World War II. Most of Walt’s staff of animators were out fighting and so the ideas were made into small pieces instead of full-length feature films so that each could take a little less work to create.
Looking at these shorts, I was entirely bored through about half of them. They were very pretty, (Bayou Blue, specifically was very pretty), but I couldn’t just sit and watch them. Blame it on my generation, or my upbringing, or anything else you like, but I was just very bored.
The ones that I wasn’t bored in, however, were the ones with a storyline. Blame that on my major in creative writing or my love of television and books but that’s how it was. Casey at the bat was hilarious. Johnny Fedora and Alice Blue Bonnet was an adorable feel-good story (That reminded me of the Pixar short, The Blue Umbrella). Peter and the Wolf was an adorable interpretation of the music voiced by Winnie the Pooh (Sterling Holloway, I know, I know, but to me he’ll always be Winnie the Pooh). And, kind of my personal favorite, the Martins and the Coys. It was so cute. I also loved the strong female and I just thought it was so clever to have all of the family die before the story began, so to speak, and have the feud be carried on by the couple. The whole story just made me want to dance and clap along.
Also, the Whale who Wanted to Sing at the Met was one that caught my eye, besides being very sad (spoiler alert: the whale is harpooned), it was very cute and musical. I also found in Disney World, more specifically the ride “Philharmagic” in Magic Kingdom, a reference to this (pictured here)
As for the Disney Legacy, this movie shows that in the face of a global tragedy, there will always be fun and laughter somewhere, and I’m very happy that Walt Disney was instrumental in the bringing of happiness to a dark time.
(Also, excuse my slightly different voice/writing style, I’ve been binge-watching Downton Abbey, and the fancy shmancy speaking style sometimes oozes into my own voice)
Be sure to join in next time for an amusing and elegant liberty!