Released in 1946, Make Mine Music is the 8th film in the Disney Animated CanonIn light of World War II, a large portion of Disney's animators were drafted. In order to keep making movies, Disney had to settle with releasing package films. Make Mine Music is the first of these films (Although Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros can be included too, they were a product of the government wanting to make friends with South America, not because of a lack of animators.) Unlike most other Disney animated features from before the age of home video, this was never given a theatrical re-release. Sometimes, however, the individual segments were each tacked onto another Disney release. It was also the last one to be released on home video.As the name implies, the movie is a music-based Animated Anthology in a similar vein to Fantasia, divided into 10 separate shorts. As with many of the Disney package films of this period, the segments would occasionally be aired separately as part of various Disney anthology TV shows in the 80s and 90s. The shorts that comprise the film consist of the following:
The Martins and the Coys "A rustic ballad" about two Feuding Families, the Martins and the Coys, whose feud eventually kills all but one member of each family, Gracie Martin and Henry Coy. The two survivors fall in love.
Blue Bayou is an unused Fantasia segment, originally set to Claude Debussy's Clair de Lune.
The unabridged Clair de Lune version was eventually restored as a separate short.
All the Cats Join In is about a group of teenagers (hep cats) who get together at the local malt shop and dance around. Most of the scenery and characters are drawn by an artist with a pencil, in a similar style to Aquarela do Brasil from Saludos Amigos
Without You is a song about lost love, with accompanying visuals. The lovers in question are never shown.
Two Silhouettes features two live-action silhouettes dancing to ballet music
Peter and the Wolf is an adaptation of the composition about a young boy who sets out to kill the local wolf.
After You've Gone is about a set of musical instruments that come to life and begin dancing.
Johnnie Fedora and Alice Blue Bonnet is the story of two love-struck hats in a department store that become separated when Alice is purchased.
The Whale Who Wanted To Sing At the Met is about an incredibly gifted whale named Willie, that can not only sing Opera, but sing in three distinct voices at once thanks to his three uvulas. When he hears impresario Tetti-Tatti is searching for him, he eagerly jumps at the call, not realizing that Tetti-Tatti, believing Willie's singing talent is due to him having swallowed an Opera singer, is trying to hunt him.
These shorts provide examples of:
Actor Allusion: Nelson Eddy performed all the voices in "The Whale Who Wanted to Sing At The Met". At one point Willie the Whale sings one of Eddy's signature songs, "Shortnin' Bread".
Bowdlerise: The Martins and the Coys is removed from the Gold Edition DVD release of the movie for excessive gunplay.
"Blue Bayou" AKA "Clair De Lune" was intended as a full segment for Fantasia, but was ultimately scrapped as a victim of Fantasia being too long as it already was. The version used here is a edited down version. Fortunately, the full uncut version (which was salvaged from an extremely rare workprint) was included as an extra on "The Fantasia Anthology."
Dead Hat Shot: In Peter and the Wolf, the wolf chases the duck into a tree, and comes out with feathers flying, licking its chops. Subverted when the duck turns up alive at the end.
Again subverted with a literal Dead Hat Shot greeting the three hunters, who immediately assume Peter's been killed.
Disney Death: Despite being shown Sonia's spirit entering the pearly gates. It's notable as being one of the earliest examples of the trope, following Snow White's and Pinocchio's, and possibly the first ever straight example of the trope, as both Snow White and Pinocchio were more or less dead and revived afterwards, whereas Sonia was alive the whole time.
Peter also gets this, although it doesn't last as long.
Fake-Out Opening: The title card and name of All the Cats Join In suggests the short will be about cats. The artist even starts drawing a cat before abruptly erasing it and drawing a human instead.
Fanservice: Also in All the Cats Join In, there's a sequence in which a teenage girl strips down and takes a shower, then gets dressed. Although no "naughty bits" appear, the scene is surprisingly explicit for a Disney film.
Gracie from The Martins And The Coys. That skirt sure flaps around a lot ...
Happily Ever After: Played with oddly in The Martins and The Coys where the spirits of the two respective families are initially appalled at the idea of the two families living Happily Ever After. Until it turns out Gracie and Henry's marital life is anything but happy.
Hit Flash: Happens when Henry runs back into the house, only to run into Gracie's fist.
Mickey Mousing: Oddly, Peter And The Wolf spends the first two minutes explaining how this works, and which characters are represented by which instruments in case you didn't know, or couldn't figure it out by watching.
Sapient Cetaceans: The segment called "The Whale Who Wanted To Sing At the Met" is about a whale who was able to sing opera - in three different voices! - and whose big wish is to perform on the New York Metropolitan Opera. Unfortunately, he is killed by a misguided opera empresario who thought he was rescuing opera singers in the whale's belly.
Sexy Silhouette: Not in Two Silhouettes, as one may assume, but in All the Cats Join In, when the teenage girl goes to take a shower and strips down behind the screen door, where we can only see her naked silhouette.