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  • Actors: Roy Rogers, Trigger, Dennis Day, The Andrews Sisters, Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians
  • Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney, Wilfred Jackson
  • Writers: Art Scott, Bob Moore, Erdman Penner, Hardie Gramatky
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, THX
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: March 10, 1999
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0788812440
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,172 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is another collection of Disney shorts set to music, but this time the formula works. That's predicated on the inherent strength of the individual pieces and almost all of them come through. Surprisingly, two American folk heroes, Johnny Appleseed and Pecos Bill, are the stars of this show, with rousty little tunes, humor, and compelling linear story lines (a rarity in most of these shorts). Even the shorts that are weak in one area, thematically or musically, make up for it in another. There's very little of the Disney animators attempting to be 1940s modern, thank goodness, and there's a sterling quality in the depth of the art work.

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This is another collection of Disney shorts set to music, but this time the formula works. That's predicated on the inherent strength of the individual pieces and almost all of them come through. Surprisingly, two American folk heroes, Johnny Appleseed and Pecos Bill, are the stars of this show, with rousty little tunes, humor, and compelling linear story lines (a rarity in most of these shorts). Even the shorts that are weak in one area, thematically or musically, make up for it in another. There's very little of the Disney animators attempting to be 1940s modern, thank goodness, and there's a sterling quality in the depth of the art work. A definite plus to an animation (or Disney) collection. --Keith Simanton

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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117 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Monty Moonlight VINE VOICE on 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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150 of 165 people found the following review helpful By Great Movie Addict on 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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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Cowgirl on July 5, 2006
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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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 15, 2000
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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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Mario Jori on 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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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 2001
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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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful By ChrisALM on 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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Censorship in "Melody Time" DVD... is the VHS uncut or also tampered with?
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Apr 11, 2009 by Ernest Pergrem |  See all 7 posts
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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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