Melody Time

Melody Time (1948) Directed by Jack Kinney, Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske and Wilfred Jackson (supervisors) Synopsis Our tour of Disney’s 1940s package films continues.  This time, we have a follow-up to Make Mine Music, with another seven shorts set to various popular and folk songs.  Unlike the earlier package film, this one has Fantasia-style introductions … Continue reading Melody Time

Fun and Fancy Free

Fun and Fancy Free (1947) Directed by Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts and Hamilton Luske (animation) and William Morgan (live-action segments) Synopsis Another week, another package film.  This time there’s just two longer segments, with some connective tissue involving Jiminy Cricket and a live-action sequence with ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his puppets.  The first, “Bongo”, is … Continue reading Fun and Fancy Free

Make Mine Music

Make Mine Music (1946) Directed by Jack Kinney et al (supervisors) Synopsis Much like Fantasia before it, this is a collection of shorter animated segments, each inspired by and incorporating a piece of music.  This time around, the theme was the popular music of the day instead of classical works (with a couple of exceptions), … Continue reading Make Mine Music


Bambi (1942) Directed by David Hand (supervisor) Synopsis Two years in the life of the mule deer Bambi, from birth, through adolescence with his friends Thumper and Flower, the death of his mother to human hunters, young love, and eventually a great forest fire and the birth of his own children. Production Notes Bambi was … Continue reading Bambi


Dumbo (1941) Directed by Ben Sharpsteen (supervisor) Synopsis Baby circus elephant Jumbo Jr. is given the derisive nickname “Dumbo” on account of his big ears.  After his mother is locked up for defending him from abuse, he is forced to become a clown.  After getting drunk, he learns that he can use his ears to … Continue reading Dumbo


Fantasia (1940) Directed by Joe Grant, Dick Huemer and Ben Sharpsteen (supervisors) Synopsis Seven dialogue-free animated shorts, each inspired and accompanied by a piece of classical music, with introductions to each short done in live action featuring music critic Deems Taylor. The shorts are: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, by Johann Sebastian Bach, accompanied … Continue reading Fantasia


Pinocchio (1940) Directed by Ben Sharpsteen and Hamilton Luske (supervisors) Synopsis After an elderly woodcarver wishes for his recently-completed marionette to become a real boy, he is visited by the Blue Fairy who grants his wish.  The next day, Pinocchio is sent to school, accompanied by a cricket to be hi “conscience.”  He is repeatedly … Continue reading Pinocchio