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.Written by
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The segment "Casey at the Bat" is based on the baseball-themed poem "Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888" (1888) by Ernest Thayer (1863-1940). It concerns an overconfident baseball player who ends up losing the game for his team. See more »
In the segment "All the Cats Join In", when the blonde teenage boy and brunette teenage girl in their car pick up their first passenger, a brown haired teenage hitchhiker boy, their car is speeding so fast that his shoes fall off when he is picked up. Yet in the next shot of the car, the hitchhiker boy can be seen in the back seat of the car with his feet propped up and his shoes are back on his feet. See more »
Peter, don't just stand that way!
[the wolf leans Peter downward]
And don't stand that way either.
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The European rental Video version has the missing scene. See more »
8/10 ****/5 ~ Walt Disney's Pop "Fantasia" for the Fightin' Forties.
Make Mine Music finds Walt Disney in the midst of the transitional period between his first five animated features (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi) and the post-war revival begun with Cinderella (1950).
The idea of a casual variant of Fantasia featuring popular music was a good one. Even though the segments which comprise the film vary in quality, the film as a whole is a bright, colorful and amusing light entertainment which fit wartime needs ideally.
Highlights include two spirited Benny Goodman swing numbers ("All The Cats Join In" and "After You've Gone") and the unforgettable finale, "Willie the Operatic Whale", narrated and sung by Nelson Eddy. The animation is generally first-rate and the Technicolor film will dazzle any viewer not expecting a genuine masterwork.
Make Mine Music was successful enough to warrant a considerably better follow-up, Melody Time (1948).
The undistinguished but harmless "Martins and the Coys" segment, concerning the gun-feuding backwoods families of American folklore, has idiotically been removed from current editions, evidently for PC reasons. It's scary that Disney may start altering their classics to meet artificial modern standards. (If they had cut anything from Make Mine Music, it should have been the tasteless "Two Silhouettes" ballet, all doilies and valentines and icky fake sentiment.)
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