Melody Time 1948

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Walt Disney presents seven animated stories featuring lively songs and unforgettable characters. Old favourite Donald Duck features in 'Blame It on the Samba', and other tales featured include 'Bumble Boogie', 'Little Toot', 'Johnny Appleseed' and 'Pecos Bill'.

Starring:
Lou Dinning, Jean Dinning
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DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 15 minutes
Starring Lou Dinning, Jean Dinning, Bob Nolan, Dennis Day, Buddy Clark, Laverne Andrews, Trigger, Fred Waring, Maxene Andrews, Roy Rogers, Freddy Martin, Patty Andrews, Ginger Dinning, Frances Langford, Ethel Smith
Director Clyde Geronimi
Studio WALT DISNEY HOME VIDEO
Rental release 21 July 2003
Main languages English

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Honest reviews on 19 May 2010
Format: DVD
I live in the USA but chose to purchase the UK version because of wrongfully editing of these classic cartoons.
When you see the staggering amount of offensive cartoons made today, one has to wonder why Disney would edit a cigarette from the mouth of a cowboy (Pecos Bill).
Thank goodness the UK version remains unedited (I grew up watching these as a kid unedited, what would old Walt say today?)
Uk version includes the same 3 bonus cartoons, Donald applecore, Lambert the sheepish lion & Casey bats again (would have been nice if they would've included Casey at bat).
Me and my 4 year old nephew thoroughly enjoyed watching these cartoons (and no he wasn't asking for a cigarette afterwards Ha,ha :}
My hope is that if enough people complain about editing classic cartoons like these, that Disney will realize that the majority of people don't take offensive today just as they didn't back then.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Chazzz on 16 July 2009
Format: DVD
There's a soft spot in my heart for these old Disney anthologies. They are loaded with vintage charm -- which is sometimes quite amusing because of the conventions of the time -- and the Disney quality is always there, even in quieter or less eventful sequences.

I live in the U.S. but I purchased the U.K. (Region 2) MELODY TIME because the purist in me insists upon enjoying Pecos Bill lighting and sucking on his cigarettes in high style. This was surgically and digitally altered on the U.S. release (as was a similar moment in SALUDOS AMIGOS).

It isn't always possible to acquire such "uncensored" Disney in a good commercial-quality release. For those of us so inclined, this is one to enjoy.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Dec 2003
Format: DVD
this film from 1947 is not as well known as most other disney animated films. It was being produced as the second world war was coming to as close and because most of disney's profits were low due to audiences in europe being cut off and money being trapped in other countries disney didn't have the money to create the masterpieces such as Fantasia, Snow White or pinocchio which had gone before it. however the film is still enjoyable the seven segments are all set to popular music (well it was popular back in 1947) and features acts such as the andrews sitsters. The film shows that although disney didn't have a lot of money they could still entertain. Another reason why this dvd is so good is that it is completey unedited. In recent years many films from the 40's and 50's have been edited due to politically incorrect stereotypes or antisocial behaiviour. Now i know that these things are unacceptable in today's worls but back then it was common place and i do not believe classic pieces of history should be tampered with and thta is why i am so happy that this dvd is in full because the verion of melody time released in the united states has parts cut out. with fantastic animation this film deserves to be recognised along with all the other disney animated classics. some children may find it slightly uninteresting because of the fact the majority of the movie is aniamtion set to music (much like fanatasia) and get the most out of it an interest in animation is needed, but even if your not an animation expert it is still enjoyable and if you were a child or an adolescent during the late forties it is a perfwect trip down memory lane to hear some of the singers and bands from that period.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Sep 2003
Format: DVD
this film from 1947 is not as well known as most other disney animated films. It was being produced as the second world war was coming to as close and because most of disney's profits were low due to audiences in europe being cut off and money being trapped in other countries disney didn't have the money to create the masterpieces such as Fantasia, Snow White or pinocchio which had gone before it. however the film is still enjoyable the seven segments are all set to popular music (well it was popular back in 1947) and features acts such as the andrews sitsters. The film shows that although disney didn't have a lot of money they could still entertain. Another reason why this dvd is so good is that it is completey unedited. In recent years many films from the 40's and 50's have been edited due to politically incorrect stereotypes or antisocial behaiviour. Now i know that these things are unacceptable in today's worls but back then it was common place and i do not believe classic pieces of history should be tampered with and thta is why i am so happy that this dvd is in full because the verion of melody time released in the united states has parts cut out. with fantastic animation this film deserves to be recognised along with all the other disney animated classics. some children may find it slightly uninteresting because of the fact the majority of the movie is aniamtion set to music (much like fanatasia) and get the most out of it an interest in animation is needed, but even if your not an animation expert it is still enjoyable and if you were a child or an adolescent during the late forties it is a perfwect trip down memory lane to hear some of the singers and bands from that period.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Galvan on 10 April 2012
Format: DVD
This is a lovely film and I'm happy it is available so I can show it to my young children as they grow up. I have fond memories of watching many of these shorts when I was a child, so having this DVD is a benefit both for my kids and for myself. The quality of music and animation that Walt Disney put into his feature films and shorts 60 years ago is very rarely seen in the animation of today. Pecos Bill and the Bumble Bee Boogie are personal favorites. It is nice to get Lambert the Sheepish Lion and Casey Bats Again as bonuses!

My only complaints are for the edited Region 1 U.S. version. The version shown on this page is the Region 2 U.K. version and is UNEDITED! THIS IS THE ONE TO BUY!

I encourage people to buy this, the Region 2 version of this film, instead of the Region 1 U.S. version. It will send a message to Disney that its customers prefer their classic animation unedited and uncensored.

Like others here, I live in the U.S. but I purchased this region 2 version of Melody Time because it was unedited. I don't understand what kind of warped logic the content managers at Disney were using when they decided it was unacceptable to show Pecos Bill with a cigarette in his mouth. I suppose it had something to do with not wanting young kids to want to smoke just like their hero Pecos Bill did, but then I wonder why they thought that was unacceptable for U.S. children, and yet acceptable for U.K. children?

Just editing out the cigarette digitally would have been an annoyance, but to completely remove an entire verse from the central song of that story (the scene where Bill lasso's a tornado and uses a lightning bolt to light a cigarette), is going too far. It makes that song 1/6 shorter!
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