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Monday, December 29, 2014

Feature #10: Make Mine Music

The tenth Disney full length animated feature was Make Mine Music, another of the "package films" that were larger stories made up of shorter films. These films were more economical to produce and were a staple of Disney's output during World War Two, when many of the animators were overseas fighting in the war and resources were scarce.

Featuring Peter and the Wolf and The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met, the film was seen as being lesser than the sum of its parts and decidedly depressing. (The last sequence ended with the whale getting killed by a harpoon. Its "happy ending" resulting from the narrator telling us that the whale is currently singing beautifully in heaven.) As a result, while various segments from the film have become classics on their own, the film as a whole is often forgotten. 

Unfortunately, an unedited version of the film has never been released in the United States on home video.