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->''That's where the music comes from!''

Two interesting short subjects made during the late years of UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation (or the beginning years of UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfAnimation, depending on one's point of view), the ''Adventures In Music'' duology -- ''Melody'' and ''Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom'' -- are two popular 1953 shorts in the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts lineup. While they feature none of the standard Disney cast, they are noteworthy for three reasons:

# ''Melody'' was the very first cartoon to take advantage of 3D glasses.
# ''Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom'' was the very first cartoon short subject to take advantage of the then-new widescreen [[WidescreenShot CinemaScope]] process (Disney's first feature film to use it was ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'', however).
# Both have very stylized animation, obviously riding off the sharp, flat [[Creator/ColumbiaCartoons UPA]] fashion of the 1950s.

Both shorts are well remembered for their catchy music and their striking layout and character design. However, Creator/WaltDisney himself disliked the animation of the shorts. Allegedly, they were both made by Creator/WardKimball while Disney himself was off in Europe. After Disney won an [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] for ''Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom'', he went up to Kimball and told him, "No more of this UPA crap." (Note that Walt was suspicious of artsy people like the UPA, many of whose artists had been involved in a 1941 strike at his studio.)

Both shorts are included on the ''Disney/{{Fantasia 2000}}'' DVD, as well as the ''Walt Disney Treasures: Disney Rarities'' DVD set. And of course, they had a second life providing shell material for the long-running ''WesternAnimation/DisneySingAlongSongs'' videos.
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!!These cartoons provide examples of:
* AnthropomorphicAnimal: The primary cast are anthropomorphic birds, dressed in human clothes and just as capable of using their wings as arms as they are of using them to fly.
* BerserkButton: Do not interrupt Professor Owl's lessons.
* BigNo:
-->'''Professor Owl:''' Today we're gonna study about...\\
'''Comics bird:''' Ancient history?\\
'''Suzy Sparrow:''' Love and mystery?\\
'''Penelope Pinfeather:''' Mathematics?\\
'''Sporty birds:''' Acrobatics?\\
'''Boy bird:''' Reading?\\
'''Girl bird:''' Spelling?\\
'''Bertie Birdbrain:''' Storytelling?\\
'''Professor Owl:''' NO! NO! NO!
* BigShutUp: In ''Melody'', Professor Owl yells at the chatty housewives to be quiet.
* DunceCap: Bertie Birdbrain wears one of these. Professor Owl knocks it over his head in both of the shorts.
* FatAndSkinny: The "Plunk" caveman is accompanied by a short fat one who plays with a bow after his original bow is transformed into a hybrid of a harp and a violin.
* LimitedAnimation: In both shorts, most character motion is achieved by only having their limbs move but keeping their bodies rigid, even if they are flipping upside-down.
* NeverSayDie: The eventual death of a human being at the end of the "Steps of Life" sequence in ''Melody'' is referred to as "[going] to our great reward".
* TheOwlKnowingOne: If your cartoon features a classroom of anthropomorphic birds, what other bird would you have as the wisdom-dispensing teacher but an owl?
* RunningGag: The strings breaking during the "Plunk" section of ''Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom'', usually destroying the musicians' headwear in the process.
* TheRuntAtTheEnd: The last character to sit down in ''Melody'' is smaller than the rest.
* SimpletonVoice: Bertie Birdbrain, the dunce bird.
* TalkingAnimal: The primary cast of the shorts comprises talking birds.
* VocalDissonance: TheRuntAtTheEnd in ''Melody'' is a bass, whereas the rest are sopranos and tenors.
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