Reviews

Make Mine Music (1946) and related work:

Make Mine Music (1946) IMDb

Seen in 2018.

Anthology of original musical shorts. The non-anthropomorphic pieces hold it above water.

References here: The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949).

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“After You’ve Gone” (1946) IMDb

Seen in 2018.

The mixture of anthropomorphism and abstraction is awkward, but there are some nice cuts too.

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“All the Cats Join In” (1946) IMDb

Seen in 2018.

Very lively for Disney, with a variety of body shapes that are not simply cartoon types. It looks like the animators had fun on this one.

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“Blue Bayou” (1946) IMDb

Seen in 2018.

A bird wades in a bayou at night.

A mood piece drawn for Fantasia (1940) and Debussy’s “Clair de Lune”. Even with indifferent music it is beautiful, showing what the Disney animators could do with realistic animals and their multiplane rig.

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Two Silhouettes (1946) IMDb

Seen in 2018.

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Without You (1946) IMDb

Seen in 2018.

Abstract musical. A very nice Norman McLaren vibe.

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“Casey at the Bat” (1946) IMDb

Seen in 2018.

The motif of the cocky batter was familiar by this time; compare e.g. “Boulevardier from the Bronx” (1936).

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“Johnnie Fedora and Alice Bluebonnet” (1946) IMDb

Seen in 2018.

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“Peter and the Wolf” (1946) IMDb

Seen in 2018.

A pre-Cold-War tribute to the then-recent Russian classic, with some Cyrillic lettering. Notice the dishonesty of letting the duck walk through the golden gate of heaven. I like the slow introduction of the instruments.

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“The Martins and the Coys” (1946) IMDb

Seen in 2018.

Feuding hillbillies.

Similar, for instance, to “When I Yoo Hoo” (1936), but with The Three Caballeros-era sexualization of a female body on what would become the Disney princess pattern, and she gets to kick ass.

References here: “Pecos Bill” (1948).

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“The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met” (1946) IMDb

Seen in 2018.

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