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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'.
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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! Not to mention that these individual Disney shorts, and the entire Melody Time film taken together, represent a piece of classic animation art that is over 60 years old. It's up to parents to decide what they show their kids and to explain that some beliefs and habits have changed over time. (Frankly I'm surprised that Disney censored the cigarette, yet left untouched a segment about Pecos Bill shooting up Native Americans.) But in my opinion the art itself should be made available in as close to its original form as possible. We buy these for the nostalgia and because we are interested enough in Disney art that we want to see it as it was when it released.
this Region 2 release is an UNCENSORED and UNCUT version of MELODY TIME and contains the intact version of the Pecos Bill segment.
The US/Canada Region 1 version is CENSORED;Melody Time [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] Pecos Bill's cigarette was digitally REMOVED as well as CUT the part where Pecos Bill ropes the tornado and lights his cigarette with a lightning bolt.
This Region 2 version has all of the original version of Pecos Bill done for the theatrical version of the movie back in 1951 and isn't an edited or altered version.
This particular film has seven segments:
1) Once Upon a Wintertime features Frances Langford singing the title song about two romantic young lovers in December. The boy shows off for his girl, and near-tragedy and a timely rescue ensue. This short was also featured on the compilation video, A Walt Disney Christmas.
2) Bumble Boogie is a surrealistic nightmare for a solitary bee trying to escape from a visual and musical frenzy. The music is courtesy of Freddy Martin and his orchestra (with Jack Fina playing the piano) and is a swing-jazz variation of Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee, which was one of the many pieces considered for inclusion in Fantasia.
3) The Legend of Johnny Appleseed is a retelling of the story of John Chapman, who spent most of his life roaming America and planting apple trees, thus earning his famous nickname. Dennis Day narrates and provides all the voices.
4) Little Toot is based on the poem by Hardie Gramatky, in which the title protagonist, a small tugboat, wants to be just like his father but can't seem to stay out of trouble. The Andrews Sisters provide the vocals. Out of all 7 of these musical segments, this one is the most famous, inspiring David Mitton to create the television series, TUGS.
5) Trees is a reciting of the famous Alfred Joyce Kilmer poem by Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians with the lyrical setting seen through the seasons.
6) Blame It on the Samba has Donald Duck and José Carioca meeting with the Aracuan Bird who introduces them to the pleasures of the samba. The Dinning Sisters provide the vocals while organist Ethel Smith plays the organ.
7) Pecos Bill, as told by Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers, is the film's finale relating the tale of the famous hero from Texas; the greatest cowboy that ever lived, his horse Widowmaker, and how he was brought back down to earth by a woman named Slue-Foot Sue. This retelling of the story is courtesy of Roy Rogers, Bob Nolan, and the Sons of the Pioneers to Bobby Driscoll and Luana Patten. This segment was later edited on the film's NTSC video release (but not the PAL release) to remove all scenes of Bill smoking a cigarette. The entire scene with Bill rolling the smoke and lighting it with a lightning bolt was cut and all other shots of the offending cigarette hanging from his lips were digitally removed. Likewise, the segment relating how he fought a native tribal warband was edited out as it was perceived to be promoting racist stereotypes
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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