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Melody Time (Disney Gold Classic Collection) (1948)

Buddy Clark , Dennis Day , Clyde Geronimi , Wilfred Jackson  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Buddy Clark, Dennis Day, As Herself, As Himself, Fred Waring
  • Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske
  • Writers: Ken Anderson, Homer Brightman, William Cottrell, Winston Hibler, Jesse Marsh
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 6, 2000
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R99D
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,304 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Melody Time (Disney Gold Classic Collection)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

In the grand tradition of Disney's greatest musical classics such as FANTASIA, MELODY TIME features seven classic stories, each enhanced with high-spirited music and unforgettable characters! Donald Duck -- an all-time Disney favorite -- puts on a display of jazzy antics as the star of "Blame It On The Samba." Music becomes a real adventure for a busy bumble bee in "Bumble Boogie." From the mischievous young tugboat in "Little Toot," to the heroes of legend and myth in "Johnny Appleseed" and "Pecos Bill," this feast for the eyes and ears entertains with wit and charm. A timeless addition to your video collection, MELODY TIME is a delightful Disney classic with something for everyone in your family!

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107 of 107 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Underrated, Unremembered Disney Classic September 3, 2007
Format:DVD
In 1948, Walt Disney combined animated sequences with popular music of the time to create one of his lesser known, lesser appreciated classics, "Melody Time." The animated anthology feature presents 7 pieces to the audience, each wonderful in its own way, though probably not to everyone's tastes. Our host, with the help of a paint brush, is a talking, animated theatrical mask, and he introduces each story with a voice over, beginning with a holiday favorite (as most of these segments were released as individual shorts in the years to come), "Once Upon a Wintertime," with vocals provided by Frances Langford. "Once Upon a Wintertime" is a romantic tale of nostalgia with a Christmas card feeling. It focuses on a young couple's sleigh ride together, which is followed by ice skating, leading them into a rather harry situation on thin ice. Of course, the boys save the girls in the end, and all is hugs and kisses and melting snow. It's a very charming animated short many will feel nostalgic about due to its airings on various Disney holiday specials.

"Bumble Boogie" comes second, and this is a surreal, visual extravaganza of one bee's musical nightmare. It's music, a take on "Flight of the Bumblebee," is performed by Freddy Martin and his Orchestra, and it's great fun to watch. Of course, being that this one is less of a story than the others, it is probably among the less popular pieces in the program.

The third musical tale in this package feature is actually some of Disney's best work. It's the legend of Johnny Appleseed as told and sung by Dennis Day. The visuals are a feast for the eyes and the music a feast for the ears, while the story will bring a tear to your eye.
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136 of 150 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bring Back the Original ! November 15, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
I'm as disappointed with this issue as some others who thought they were buying the original masterpiece. Okay, so Pecos Bill has a ciggie in his mouth in the original (funny, I never took up smoking because of that, and I was 6 when I saw the original). I doubt that those who see this desecrated version will understand why the original was such a unique experience. It's a little strange to me that Pecos Bill can't smoke and Johnny Appleseed has to clean up his act, but the Power Rangers can violently and noisily wipe out legions of their foes with such glee. Bring back the originals, guys. This, and "Song of the South", with Uncle Remus intact.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Roy Would NOT be Happy July 5, 2006
By Cowgirl
Format:DVD
we got no further in this DVD than "Pecos Bill", after discovering that they cut out part of the song. yes, it's a DVD called "Melody Time" and they cut out part of a song! I'd like to know the genius at Disney who thought this would be a good idea. needless the say, this item is being returned to Amazon.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It keeps getting worse July 29, 2000
Format:DVD
The original pieces making up this DVD are good or average Disney. Donald Appleseed is a masterpiece in my opinion. And I was pleased that the shorts were not embedded in some of those awful Disney "frame" stories. BUT as always I started getting angry for the 3 compulsory FBI warnings (how many criminals repent after seeing them I wonder), and I got positively furious for the five minutes or more of compulsory trailers. Just what I need with a DVD which I am supposed to keep and see from time to time! Finally Idiscovered that the stories had been edited in order to be politically correct. ! Poor Walt. And poor me. These hypocrites OWN the stuff. Where shall I be able to find those beloved cartoons of my infancy? Could not Disney publish a RATED (original) version of his movies? I would pay extra for them Mario
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars EDITED DVD! Why is that not labeled? January 8, 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I actually CAN believe Disney would do such a thing. However, it is not fair to those of us who wish to own these DVDs for nostalgic purposes. I would like to at least see Disney take accountability for their actions and label the DVDs/videos as altered or edited. This would prevent angered consumers and RETURNS!
ANYONE know which other DVDs have been edited? please e-mail to mcgeesalice@hotmail.com
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Anouther censored piece of art. January 19, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This film has been censored just like Fantasia and Saludos Amigos and Make Mine Music. I really hate when someone tries to tell me what I can and cannot see. I don't see the reason why Disney can't release 2 versions. The same way Dragonball is released edited & uncut version.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm so disappointed! December 15, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I too, bought this video because I wanted to own these classic Disney cartoons from my childhood. How disappointing to find that they have become a victim of 'political correctness'. Disney has really lost the plot. I'm not sure I would recommend this video to anyone looking to own a piece of history but I suppose it might have some transient appeal to small children who have never seen the originals. I hope Disney considers re-releasing the original unedited versions of these cartoons (if necessary with a PG rating)for those of us who are capable of censoring our own viewing.
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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disney editing wrong and unnecessary August 26, 2001
Format:DVD
I couldn't wait to get Melody Time on DVD; I already had a taped copy from when it ran on The Disney Channel. The animation and stories in it are great. The music and singing are great, too. And then, the disappointment set in as I learned that the DVD version of Melody Time has portions edited out. I thought that one of the potential features of the DVD format was that a viewer could select a rating (G, PG, etc.) for a program that would be suitable to the audience. Why didn't Disney produce a DVD with this option instead of editing, and thereby ruining, Melody Time? I, for one, will not purchase any more Disney DVD releases that have been wrecked in this fashion. It is wrong for Disney to do this to their lifelong fans and customers and totally unnecessary given today's technology.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love this video. It will keep you laughing all the way.
Melody Time is a video which is comprised of cartoons from the 40's in color. It is so beautiful. Everyone I have show this video too both young and old just loved it. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Yehudah
5.0 out of 5 stars Melody Time (Fully Restored 50th Anniversary Special Edition) (Walt...
We received this item earlier than estimated date. It plays good too! Our children liked this movie, that's cute for kids. Thank you & have a good day!
Published 2 months ago by Mai P. Pham
3.0 out of 5 stars Disney when Disney was good!
I do love this classic Disney stuff, but I am a little irritated at the editing. Not enough to make me hate the whole thing, but definitely enough to make me frown. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Melinda E. Lisle
5.0 out of 5 stars Melody Time
Great Condition. Excellent Classic another favorite in our house. Another movie that had to be replaced by a copy that had worn out.
Published 4 months ago by Gabby
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific video
It is wonderful to see Disney's early animation. I have loaned the video to some of my music students - they love the music and the details and rich colors of the animation.
Published 5 months ago by MJW
5.0 out of 5 stars Great offering from Disney
One of Disney's several "musical collection" flims, this one comes with some favorite cartoon gems from the Disney vaults and is worth getting for children to enjoy many... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Istariel
1.0 out of 5 stars I did not buy this
I did not buy this item. I don't know what it is. Don't know if it is a game or something else.
Published 6 months ago by A. Cornell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set of musical cartoons
I bought this DVD to play in my music classroom. It's got several musical cartoons on it which are fairly short and great for my primary aged students. Read more
Published 6 months ago by S. Power
1.0 out of 5 stars Failed order
It was totally unusable due to it not being for the US region. It was not marked clearly at all and if you're selling a movie to the US, it should be playable there without doubt. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lisa Dykstra
3.0 out of 5 stars Good quality - too bad the PC Police edited all the smoking out of the...
I took off one star because of that. Besides that, this is a representative slice of Disney history in the period of time between some of their screen epics.
Published 8 months ago by Post Toasties
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Censorship in "Melody Time" DVD... is the VHS uncut or also tampered with?
Yes, it is edited..
Apr 11, 2009 by Ernest Pergrem |  See all 7 posts
Melody Time/Make Mine Music
alias, i know its a little bit late to reply, 9 months after your original post. i totally agree about disney's self inflicted censorship. i just bought doozey's (no disrespect to walt but, every film was a doozey) american legends, which is also censored. but, i made sure and bought it used... Read More
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