Make Mine Music
Released: April 20, 1946
Watched: February 25, 2015
Well. This so far has been the most difficult film to watch. Make Mine Music is the third in the series of "package films," like Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros. However, unlike those films, Make Mine Music was not given a widespread release in theaters. After the initial release, the different segments were split up and shown separately. The film was never shown in theaters in it's entirety again, and was only released on DVD and VHS once. In the year 2000. Where it was heavily edited and one segment was entirely removed. What I ended up doing was having to find each segment individually online. Some in Spanish. That's close enough to the original experience right?
Anyway, as you probably got already, Make Mine Music was another package film consisting of 10 different segments ranging from 4-14 minutes. Unlike the package films before it, which were tied together by a main theme, the shorts in this one are entirely unrelated. The film is loosely tied to the theme of music, as each short is set to music or built around the idea of music (which is still a very broad theme). It shows similarities to Fantasia in this way, but instead of being based around classical music, it is mostly build around modern music (modern for the 1940s anyway). It includes some well known musicians such as Benny Goodman and Dinah Shore, which is cool to see.
As far as techniques go, this film is incredibly basic for a Disney film. There is one segment, "Two Silhouettes" which is unique. The film is based around the silhouettes of live action ballet dancers, which have been animated over and around. As far as I can tell, this is the first use of rotoscoping in a Disney movie.
Another cool touch is in the segment "Peter and the Wolf" which tells the classic story with music and animation. Each character is represented by a different instrument (Peter by a string quartet, a bird by a flute, a duck by oboe, a cat by Clarinet and so on) and as the different characters come together, different instruments are added into the score.
Ultimately, this has probably been my least favorite of the films I've watched so far. Aside from a couple of shorts which I really enjoyed (I loved "All the Cats Join In" and "Johnny Fedora and Alice Bluebonnet"), most of the shorts were not very interesting to me and could barely hold my attention for the short time they were on. But I guess that's probably why they don't want to release the whole collection!
My favorite is closely tied between the two I mentioned earlier, but I'm going to share "All the Cats Join In" because I'm a big sucker for the hokey, "animate the cartoons as they're being drawn", thing.
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