Melody Time is the 10th Entry in the Disney Animated Canon, released in 1948.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. Like Make Mine Music, the movie is a music-based Animated Anthology in the style of FantasiaThe film contains 7 shorts:
Once Upon a Wintertime features a couple who go out skating in the wintertime. A small spat leads to trouble when thin ice gets involved.
Bumble Boogie is an unused Fantasia short that follows the adventures of a small bumble bee set a jazz rendition of the classic Rimsky-Korsakov piece, Flight of the Bumblebee.
The Legend of Johnny Appleseed is an adaptation of the fictionalized account of the story of John Chapman, the pioneer who planted apple trees across the country, told and sung by Dennis Day.
Little Toot is the story of a small tugboat who wants to be just like his father, but always seems to cause trouble. Told and sung by The Andrews Sisters.
Trees is a song-version of the famous Joyce Kilmer poem, with visuals to match.
Blame It On the Samba is based on an idea created during the trip to South America that created Saludos Amigos. Donald Duck and his friend Joe Carioca are literally blue, when the Aracuan bird (from The Three Caballeros) invites them into the Café do Samba, where he uses the rhythm of the samba to perk up the duo and restore their colour. Once their moods have been perked up, the Aracuan mixes the two into a cocktail, and generally starts messing around with the two.
Pecos Bill is an adaptation of the story of the legendary cowboy who was raised by coyotes. Told by Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers to Disney child-stars Luana Patten and Bobby Driscoll by a campfire.
Tropes used in this film:
Action Girl: Slue-foot Sue from the Pecos Bill segment, who can ride a giant catfish standing up. It's her dangerous nature that leads to her demise in the end.
Bowdlerise: Unfortunately, the American DVD release had edited the Pecos Bill scene. They cut a scene of Bill rolling a smoke and lighting it with a lightning bolt and digitally removed all other shots of the offending cigarette hanging from his lips. The cigarette was edited out in each case resulting in the removal of almost the entire tornado sequence and some odd hand and mouth movements for Bill throughout. Fortunately, the DVD release in England kept all scenes of the cigarette intact.
Panty Shot: Quite a few of Sue while she's riding the catfish.
Technically more of an ankle-length bloomers or pantalets shot in her case, but Jenny from "Once Upon a Wintertime". As seen in the poster above and in the movie, with them being put on display when she bends over because of the hoop skirt she's wearing under five or six other skirts, such as when she puts on her ice skates.
Phallic Weapon: When Slue-Foot Sue kisses Pecos Bill, Bill's guns start going off by themselves.
Roger Rabbit Effect: Blame it on the Samba features animated characters interacting with a live action performer in the same style as The Three Caballeros. The frame story for Pecos Bill features live action actors in an animated background.
Through a Face Full of Fur: This occurs with not only the male half of the rabbit item, but the human couple (despite not really having fur) Joe and Jenny as well. Any whole scenery involving them changes color as well as it follows their moods, a few of these moments include:
Jenny getting mad at Joe and turning red (and her back on him).
A downhearted Joe turning blue and as he sadly walks away, he makes an arrow through the heart that was inscribed on the ice with the blades of his skates.
The male bunny also turning blue when his mate rejects him, then red as he furiously kicks a log, injuring his foot.
The male bunny gets angered and turns red again, when he fails to get Jenny's attention of the "thin ice" sign, then causes the ice to crack when he pokes a hole through it with the sign.
Joe turns pale as he sees Jenny and the female bunny in danger, with them on a board of ice that's going to go over a waterfall and as he hurries to their aid.
Jenny turning pale and fainting when she and the female rabbit nearly meet their impending doom.
The male bunny turning hot pink and the ice block in which he's imprisoned melts from literal heat of passion, when the female bunny kisses him.
Joe turns pink as well when Jenny embraces him for saving her.
Also in the "Pecos Bill" segment, the eponymous character gets red-faced when Sue catches him eyeing her and he gets so infatuated with her, his hair has a reaction that's as if it were electrified and he takes off into the air like a rocket.
Wolverine Publicity: Donald Duck received some fanfare in the VHS trailer, and is the only character on the DVD case. On the other hand, most theatrical posters would prominently feature Pecos Bill.