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Make Mine Music Reviews

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½ November 8, 2016
Another one of Disney's package films, this collection of musical shorts feels plain, uncouth, and haplessly under the studio's best work.
August 12, 2016
Not much to say here except that it continues to drag on the package film era of Disney. This film includes 10 segments in a span of 76 minutes which might have been the first sign that it was going to be an unsatisfying film. With some pretty mediocre animation and lazy stories, you can tell the Disney artists were still very understaffed here. Some of the films had some creative promise but not much more. Overall, it's an interesting look at the culture of 1940s America (Casey at Bat) but the songs are definitely dated and most of the segments exceedingly boring. Also, minus points for some pretty insensitive quips about women.
½ July 27, 2016
I only remember Blue Bayou aka Clair de Lune, Peter and the Wolf, and The Whale Who Wanted To Sing The Met. The rest is forgettable to me.
July 23, 2016
I remember seeing most of these as shorts on Then Wonderful World of Disney on TV when I was little, so they are very nostalgic for me, and probably those of my generation. However, since where made from mostly popular music from the 40s, much of seems dated now, although the animation is still spectacular. What makes Fantasia timeless is that the music is classical, and therefore timeless as well.
February 26, 2016
Just put it in the childrens section of the library & let it sit
December 26, 2015
A bit better than Fantasia. The Andrews Sisters can do no wrong in my book.
½ December 9, 2015
Very dated in its presentation of then contemporary celebrities and musicians narrating and/or singing the stories of individual short cartoons. This is one instance where the parts are greater than the whole. While the feature contains some beautiful and iconic Disney short films, the larger, anthological presentation is clumsily handled. While noting certain Hollywood limitations due to WWII, it's not too unreasonable to expect something more cohesive and less jumbled and busy. It's certainly unerstandable that Disney has largely chosen to present these shorts individually in the years since Make Mine Music's theatrical release.
November 14, 2015
And with this other collection of animation+music, I can finally say... I've seen all of Disney animated classics! :-) <3
February 17, 2015
A good collection of different short films in which music is the main theme :)
Super Reviewer
½ December 29, 2014
This uneven post-war animated anthology - the third of Disney's six package films released in the 1940s - feels more like a popular version of Fantasia, with pop music in lieu of the Classics, yet none of the segments is memorable, not even as shorts, much less put together.
½ September 13, 2014
This is a Disney movie with a few redeeming qualities, like the Peter and the Wolf segment, but somewhat boring at other times.
½ August 22, 2014
RT's summary is pretty accurate; a weak follow-up to Fantasia but some segments are enjoyable.
June 11, 2014
Doesn't reach the height of Fantasia,but It's fun to watch.
½ May 23, 2014
Make Mine Music debuted during a period when Disney's animation staff was shorthanded and underfunded due to the war effort. Many Disney films of this era were cobbled together from partially completed material and this entry was no exception. All ten shorts in this package are animated accompaniments to pop tunes, crooning, big band swing jazz, light symphonic music, and some pseudo bluegrass. Make Mine Music is often compared very unfavorably to Fantasia and it certainly falls quite short of the mark set by that movie (The "Blue Bayou" segment in this film is actually a scene cut from Fantasia and reedited with new music). While a few of the bits are forgettable, it's really hard to completely dismiss "Casey At The Bat", "The Whale Who Wanted To Sing At The Met", or Sterling Holloway's reading of Prokofiev's "Peter And The Wolf".
May 23, 2014
Probably the worst of the bunch in Disney's canon. Individually the shorts are all well-made especially in regards to the animation, but throwing them all together randomly doesn't quite work. Many have a hard time considering this a real movie and I can't blame them. I also find the music to be for the most part unmemorable, which is a rarity in a Disney feature. Having said that you can get some enjoyment out of it. My favorite shorts are Casey at the Bat and Peter and the Wolf. (First and only full viewing - 3/10/2010)
April 16, 2014
An attempt to bring about another Fantasia-type of film, Make Mine Music is a hodgepodge of shorts that some still stand very well (Casey at the Bat, Peter and the Wolf & The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met) there are those that show how dated it's become for song choices (All the Cats Join In). This would be more appropriate for a television movie, than a full motion picture. Still...the animation is solid, the music (when appropriate) fits mood and the short stories are fun to follow.
March 22, 2014
Si la comparamos con Fantasía, tiene las de perder: La selección musical pasan a ser una mezcla de clásica, canciones, ópera, y jazz, y la animación se siente muy inferior comparada con las secuencias creativas de Fantasía. Pero realmente tiene segmentos que son bastante entretenidas, como la de Pedro y el Lobo y La Ballena que quería cantar en el Met, y otras que brillan por sólo el arte o la música, y deja de ser realmente el matrimonio perfecto de secuencias musicales.
February 21, 2014
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February 13, 2014
This is another lesser-known Disney film that is filled with great moments, including an animated version of Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" and an original Disney short called "The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met", which is pure Disney enjoyment. However, the film tries to imitate "Fantasia", but it is overall quite amusing.
January 26, 2014
Make Mine Music is the third package film to be released by Walt Disney Studios, after Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros. It is better than its,
some would call it, a sequel - Melody Time, but it has a number of flaws nevertheless. It consists of ten segments which is way too much. It should have
had smaller number of longer segments and it would have been much more entertaining and memorable that way.
The first segment is called The Martins and the Coys and it was panned by critics due to its violence, which is silly, but having in mind the era the film
was made and the prejudice towards animated films that still continues to this day, it is quite understandable. This segment is probably one of the more
entertaining of the bunch, but it's nothing special either.
The next segment Blue Bayou is the segment which is the most influenced by Fantasia, along with the next one. It is artistic and beautifully animated, if too
short piece.
All the Cats Join In depicts everyday lives of 1940s teens and it is the most modern piece. Rhapsody in Blue, a segment from Fantasia 2000, seems to borrow
directly from this one, both in style and in depictions.
Without You has nice ballad and beautiful animation, but it is also extremely short, clocking in at nearly 4 minutes, but it will put children to sleep
nevertheless. It seems strange to have this decidedly slower segment after the previous faster narrative.
Casey at the Bet is one of the longest and most boring parts of the film and although it will appeal to baseball fans and those who seek comedy in the film,
it is forgettable and annoying for pretty everybody else.
Two Silhouettes, like Blue Bayou and Without You has pretty imagery, animation and music, but it is very slow and also very short, as with those two
mentioned.
Peter and the Wolf is, along with Whale and Fedora, the only attempt at clear narrative and it is probably the most memorable and recognizable part in Make
Mine Music, the one which both adults and children can appreciate. It has solid character design and interesting story, but what ruins it is the awful
narrator who speaks all the time and has the need to explain everything that is going on on the screen, thus making you wonder who was the target audience
for this part - retarded or very small children.
After You've Gone is a forgettable experience, one that is overly short and not that well-animated, similar to the first couple of shorts in Fantasia,
which are of course the weakest.
Johnnie Fedora and Alice Blue Bonnet is a romantic story of two hats in love, the idea Pixar stole shamelessly for their Blue Umbrella short. This piece,
when you forget its ludicrous plot, is quite entertaining and charming and it is one of the best segments in whole.
The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met is the last segment of the film and the one which is a classic and, regardless to say, the best of the bunch.
It tells a story of a whale with incredible musical talent and his dreams of singing Grand Opera. Although it is the longest short, it is nonetheless the
best all thanks to its truly phenomenal ending which is also a great finale for a whole film. The line 'You see, Willie's singing was a miracle, and
people aren't used to miracles' is incredibly poignant and underrated and the whole symphony and heaven part in the end is a great finale and the best
part of the whole package film.
Now, the biggest flaw in this package film is definitely the coherence and continuity which is evidently not present. Never mind the stories that are
not connected at all, but the way they are organized. They go from serious, artistic, Fantasia-like segments and jump to comedic and childish ones
and that is a huge flaw. They perhaps did it to maintain an interest in the film, but the structure seems chaotic in the end. The animation is a step down
from the Three Caballeros, there are no interesting new characters at display here and none of the segments, except the last one, is really memorable and
that is why it is, along with its sequel, the worst of the package films.
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