Aloha my wonderful merfolk!
It’s no secret that I haven’t seen many of the wartime era ‘movies’ in their whole. I have seen some of the shorts in their short form, but have never watched their package movie. So I thought, I’d tick one of these movies off my list. I picked Melody Time purely because I saw the DVD in my local CEX and jumped at the chance to buy it.
Once Upon A Winrertime
I’d seen this short when I was a child and loved it. I still love watching it at Christmas time as it reminds me of Christmas in my childhood. It’s such a sweet story and the song is wonderful.
I like the art idea they have in this segment. How it starts with a paintbrush and it paints the little bumble bee? I can see that they have tried to recapture the amazing idea that was Fantasia in this segment however for me, it’s not even a smidgen as good as Fantasia. The music is nice but it doesn’t capture me the same way Fantasia did. The art is cute, I’ll give them that.
The Legend of Johnny Appleseed
Okay, I’m sorry in advance but this story really did bore me. I know it’s a classic story but I just couldn’t enjoy it and I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because it’s literally about a guy that grows trees? I don’t know. I’m sorry, I didn’t like it and wished for it to end.
Little Toot was super cute. It reminds me a lot of the Silly Symphony cartoons and especially the one that’s based on Romeo and Juliet where they’re musical instruments? I also love the Andrews Sisters so for me, this adorable little cartoon was a serious win for me.
Again, I like the paint brush effect and how it writes out the artists name. This section reminds me a lot of Sleeping Beauty; the music style is similar to the part where everyone is made to fall asleep by the three fairies. Which means the music gets a thumbs up from me, even if it is a poem about trees. It’s very beautiful. This whole short is very beautiful. I love nature and I thought Disney did nature very well in the beginning.
Blame it on the Samba
Well, hello Donald and Jose! I love this section. It’s so catchy and the Aracuan bird is hilarious. It’s voice reminds me of one of the animals you find in Wonderland. Perhaps I’m wrong but it’s very similar.The live action/animated cross over is very good, giving how early this film was made. Well done Disney.
I didn’t like this section at first. I thought it was totally out of place being fully live action. I like the Wild West but this part I just wanted to skip. That was until we got to the animated part about the Donkey and Bill and I didn’t think it was so bad any more. I prefer the animated parts to the live action in this film. Also, the cowgirl is very pretty, but wolf whistling? Bill, that never works, get a different technique!
Overall, my thoughts on Melody Time were … meh. It wasn’t amazing but it wasn’t utterly terrible. It’s not one I’ll reach for again in a hurry but it’s one I’m glad I’ve finally seen.
a mermaid be waiting for you, in mysterious fathoms below.