Western Animation: Adventures in Music Duology
The Golden Age of Animation (or the beginning years of The Dark Age of Animation, 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 Classic Disney Shorts 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 CinemaScope process (Disney's first feature film to use it was Lady and the Tramp, however).
- Both have very stylized animation, obviously riding off the sharp, flat UPA fashion of the 1950s.
These cartoons provide examples of:
- Anthropomorphic Animal
- Berserk Button: Do not interrupt Professor Owl's lessons.
- Dunce Cap: Bertie Birdbrain wears one of these.
- Limited Animation
- Miscellaneous Disney Shorts
- Never Say "Die": 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".
- The Owl-Knowing One
- Running Gag: The strings breaking during the "Plunk" section of Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom.
- The Runt at the End: The last character to sit down is smaller than the rest.
- Simpleton Voice: The dunce bird.
- Talking Animal
- Vocal Dissonance: The Runt at the End is a bass, whereas the rest are sopranos and tenors.