Melody Time

Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

Melody Time (1948 Movie)

“Melody Time” is an animated musical film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released in 1948. It is the 10th animated feature in the Disney Animated Classics series. Similar to “Fantasia,” the film is a package film, meaning it consists of several unrelated animated segments, each set to a different musical piece.

The movie features seven segments, each with its own unique animation style and musical theme:

  1. “Once Upon a Wintertime” – A romantic winter segment featuring a couple ice-skating and a series of mishaps that lead to rescue by woodland creatures.

  2. “Bumble Boogie” – A surreal segment in which a bee is pursued by various musical instruments that come to life.

  3. “The Legend of Johnny Appleseed” – Based on the folk legend of Johnny Appleseed, who traveled across the country planting apple trees.

  4. “Little Toot” – The story of a mischievous young tugboat who wants to be a hero.

  5. “Trees” – A poetic segment inspired by Joyce Kilmer’s poem about the beauty and importance of trees.

  6. “Blame It on the Samba” – Featuring Donald Duck and José Carioca, this segment combines animation with live-action and features the Samba music of Brazil.

  7. “Pecos Bill” – The wild west legend of Pecos Bill, a larger-than-life cowboy who tamed the West.

“Melody Time” was released at a time when the animation industry was facing financial challenges due to World War II and the changing tastes of the audience. The film was a blend of traditional animation and innovative techniques, such as combining live-action and animation. While it received positive reviews from critics, it was not as successful as some of Disney’s earlier films.

Over the years, “Melody Time” has become a lesser-known entry in the Disney animated film canon. However, its segments have been praised for their artistry and creativity. The film’s music, including songs like “Little Toot” and “Pecos Bill,” has also been well-regarded.

Despite not achieving the same level of popularity as some of Disney’s other classics, “Melody Time” remains a charming and entertaining film that showcases the studio’s creativity and commitment to storytelling through music and animation.

Fun Facts

  • “Melody Time” is a Disney animated package film released in 1948. It is part of Disney’s series of musical anthology films, featuring a collection of short segments set to music.
  • The film includes several memorable segments, including “Pecos Bill,” which tells the tall tales of the legendary cowboy, and “Johnny Appleseed,” which portrays the adventures of the American pioneer John Chapman as he plants apple trees across the country.
  • “Melody Time” is known for its diverse musical styles and artistry. It incorporates various animation techniques, including watercolor backgrounds and innovative visual effects, making it a visually captivating and musically rich cinematic experience.

Additional Details

  • Movie Studio:
  • Year Released: 1948
  • Type of Movie: Animated
  • Box Office: $1.85 million
  • IMDB Link


  • Roy Rogers: Himself; Narrator; Singer (Pecos Bill)
  • Trigger, the Smartest Horse in the Movies: Himself
  • Dennis Day: Narrator; Singer; Characters (Johnny Appleseed)
  • The Andrews Sisters: Singers (Little Toot)
  • Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians: Singers (Trees)
  • Freddy Martin: Music composer (Bumble Boogie)
  • Ethel Smith: Organist (Blame It On the Samba)
  • Frances Langford: Singer (Once Upon a Wintertime)
  • Buddy Clark: Singer; Narrator
  • Bob Nolan: Himself; Singer; Narrator (Pecos Bill)
  • Sons of the Pioneers: Themselves; Singers; Narrators (Pecos Bill)
  • The Dinning Sisters: Singers (Blame It On the Samba)
  • Bobby Driscoll: Himself (Pecos Bill)
  • Luana Patten: Herself (Pecos Bill)


  • Directors: Jack Kinney, Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske and Wilfred Jackson
  • Producer: Walt Disney
  • Writers: Winston Hibler, Harry Reeves, Ken Anderson, Erdman Penner, Homer Brightman, Ted Sears, Joe Rinaldi, William Cottrell, Jesse Marsh, Art Scott, Bob Moore, John Walbridge
  • Music: Eliot Daniel, Paul J. Smith and Ken Darby

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