Melody Time (1948)

Another week, another anthology.  I’m really running out of things to say about these things.  And this one’s not really any more interesting than the last bunch.  I mean, seriously, this is the same movie as Make Mine Music but with more folklore.  And I am crying on the inside.  Strap in, kids, because I’m about to tear this movie apart.  Sorry in advance to any Melody Time fans.

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Fun and Fancy Free (1947)

It’s time once again to go through Disney’s trash heap!  We’ve got less white guilt!  We’ve got more unused story ideas!  We’ve got more money grabbing!  And best of all, we’ve got more Mickey!  The last thing may always be a good thing, but the rest of it?  Well….

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Song of the South (1946)

Today we’re going to take a look at what happens when everyone around Walt warns him not to make a movie and he does it anyway.  Spoiler alert: the infamous movie in question relieves decades of backlash and is rightfully criticized for being horrendously racist.  It’s so bad that it’s never even been released on home video in most countries.  And yet it somehow managed to get a ride.  This is Song of the South.  And I’m sorry.

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Make Mine Music (1946)

They say no idea ever really dies at Disney. But when money is short, not all of them ever get the chance to become fully realized features. A studio has to release features in order to stay afloat, so why not flesh out some of those unused ideas into their own shorts? They smashed ten of those shorts together and viola! We have Make Mine Music!

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The Three Caballeros (1945)

I’m getting a strange sense of deja vu, but at least World War II is almost over!  It’s time to head back to South America!  We’re gonna learn!  We’re gonna dance!  We’re gonna dance some more!  And then we’ll go full on Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds!  That’s right, it’s the Three Caballeros!

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Victory Through Air Power (1943)

Literally the only thing I knew about this movie going in is that it was pure, straight propaganda.  I mean, this is straight up “America is great and if you mess with us we’ll kick your face in”.  So come fly with me as we discover more about this exercise in patriotism, Victory Through Air Power!

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Saludos Amigos (1943)

Olá, amigos! Hoje nós estamos indo para o sul da fronteira para começar uma nova era de filme! Vamos explorar os turistas de pato, o correio entrega de aviões, cães, cowboy e belas aquarelas em nossa próxima animação!

Or, as you Americans say… let’s watch Saludos Amigos!

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Bambi II (2006)

I debated with myself over whether to do this.  Everyone knows the Direct to Video sequels are terrible blatant cash grabs.  I don’t think anyone was disappointed when DisneyToon finally shut down.  But I did say every single Disney movie, and that’s what’s going to happen.  So… brace yourselves.

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Bambi (1942)

When I was five years old, a girl came up to me on my first day of kindergarten to tell me all about her pet bunny, named Thumper. That girl has remained my best friend to this day, 21 years later.  Ever since, Bambi and that character in it have held a special place in my heart.  So I have an extra level of sentimentality, on top of the movie’s own inherent sadness.  I hope you still have tissues left after Dumbo, because once again, we’re gonna need them.

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Dumbo (1941)

Now we come to a rather dark piece of Disney history.  There’s nothing particularly wrong with Dumbo- it’s a sweet story, with passable animation and a lot of heart.  But every time I watch it, I can’t help but wonder what might have been if the Animator’s Strike hadn’t decimated the studio, and if World War II hadn’t ruined any chance of Disney films profiting for an entire decade.  Pinocchio and Fantasia were such groundbreaking works of art, and if animation could have been kept at that level and improved on, we could have seen some truly amazing things.

But, that didn’t happen, so let’s have a look at what we did get.  Bring some tissues.  You’ll need ’em.

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