Sunday, February 13, 2011

Disn-A-Thon: Make Mine Music (1946)

Segments: "A Rustic Ballad," a story of feuding hillbillys; "A Tone Poem," a mood piece set on a blue bayou; "A Jazz Interlude," a bobby-soxer goes jitterbugging with her date at the malt shop; "A Ballad in Blue," dark room, rain and somber landscapes illustrate the loss of a lover; "A Musical Recitation," the story of Casey at the Bat; "Ballade Ballet," ballet dancers perform in silhouette; "A Fairy Tale with Music," Peter and the Wolf; "After You've Gone," four musical instruments chase through a surreal landscape; "A Love Story," about the romance between a fedora and a bonnet; "Opera Pathetique," the story of Willie, the Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met. [imdb]
Make Mine Music is the third of six(6) "package films" made during the war.  Although I find them much more scattered and obscure than the rest of the features, I still quite enjoy these collections of shorts.  They remind me of how I spent many of my weekends, watching the Disney movies, waiting to see what short followed it.

This one here tends to put me to sleep, probably because of the soft musical aspect to much of it.  They pull in many modern (for the time) performers, many who were involved in the U.S.O. shows that were so famous then.  Even the few narrated bits have a slight down-tempo, sleepy feel to them.  So it's a wonder I even made it to the end of this one without passing out.

The two biggest stand-out parts in this one were obviously "Casey At The Bat" and "Peter And The Wolf."  All the other segments are fun and good, but these two tend to be what most people remember from this bunch.  I would figure that's because they have a more memorable narrative to them.

Alright, I'm technically just zipping through these package films... No real special features except for a few extra shorts, some of which appeared on some of the blu-rays I've already seen.

And on we go to the next one...