Disney’s Tenth Animated Feature – 1948
Melody Time is a package film in the style of Make Mine Music: seven different shorts that rely on songs and rhyme to tell their tales. Like the package films before it, the shorts of Melody Time vary in appeal. It’s fair to say that the Disney name brings with it a level of quality, even excellence that’s undeniable. Any complaints or criticisms are more a reflection of changing tastes, attitudes, and cultural shifts. And like other older package films, Melody Time inspires its share of smiles, adoring glances, and quizzical, sidelong looks.
Once Upon A Wintertime is described in its narration as the story of love’s young dream. A cute couple goes for a snowy sleigh ride and ice skating, inscribing hearts into the ice with their skates. This leads to a thin ice rescue of the gal (and her female bunny counterpart) by the men folk (both human and rabbit). It’s slightly sexist, but in the way most media created in 1948 was. I’d savor this one for the beautiful Mary Blair-directed imagery.
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