Animation / Family / Western
Directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney and Hamilton Luske
Roy Rogers as Himself, Narrator and Singer (Pecos Bill)
Trigger, the Smartest Horse in the Movies as Himself
Dennis Day as Narrator, Singer, Characters (Johnny Appleseed)
The Andrews Sisters as Singers (Little Toot)
Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians as Singers (Trees)
Freddy Martin as Music composer (Bumble Boogie)
Ethel Smith as Organist (Blame It On the Samba)
Frances Langford as Singer (Once Upon a Wintertime)
Buddy Clark as Singer and Narrator
Bob Nolan as Himself, Singer and Narrator (Pecos Bill)
Sons of the Pioneers as Themselves, Singers and Narrators (Pecos Bill)
The Dinning Sisters as Singers (Blame It On the Samba)
Bobby Driscoll as Himself (Pecos Bill)
Luana Patten as Herself (Pecos Bill)
Dallas McKennon as Himself, Narrator and Character (Johnny Appleseed)
Two companions are saved by affectionate animals in an icy river. There are many different stories in the animated film including the characters Donald Duck and Slue Foot Sue. A Walt Disney Production.
“Melody Time” is an animated feature made up of seven segments set to popular music. The first section, “Once Upon a Wintertime”, follows two lovers in December, who nearly face tragedy in the frozen river. As the boy tries to show off to his girl on the ice, it cracks and she almost falls in. However, a timely rescue ensues. “Bumble Boogie”, the subsequent segment, presents a bumble bee that tries to escape from flowers, fireflies, instruments, and music notes that come to life. It is an animated interpretation of Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumble Bee”, which ends with the bee stomping on the piano keys as revenge. The next story is “The Legend of Johnny Appleseed”, which retells the tale of legendary tree planter John Chapman. It followers him through the time he spent travelling through the West, planting his apple seeds. The piece ends with a guardian angel taking Johnny up to heaven to plant more trees. The segment that trails is “Little Toot”, which focuses on a young but courageous tugboat.
After he unsuccessfully tries to help his father, Little Toot is banished to past the twelve mile limit. He gets caught in a storm in the middle of the ocean, but is able to see the distress signal by an ocean liner, which he saves. This causes the little tugboat to become a hero. “Trees” is the fifth piece, depicting the seasonal changes a tree goes through while the musical recitation of Joyce Kilmer’s poem is performed.In the next segment, “Blame it on the Samba”, Donald Duck and José Carioca go to the Café do Samba for some uplifting entertainment. Here they meet the Arucuan Bird, who teaches them the samba. “Pecos Bill” is the final part of the film. It tells the story of Pecos Bill, the biggest and best cowboy to have ever roamed the West. Bill fell out of his family’s wagon as a child, and was raised by a pack of coyotes. One day he witnesses vultures attacking a colt, which he rescues and names Widowmaker. They become best friends, and together they gain a fierce reputation. Bill also has a love interest named Slue Foot Sue, a wild cowgirl. However, she is bucked up to the moon by Widowmaker on their wedding day, and Bill is unable to get her back down.