Make Mine Music Reviews
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
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
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.