Parents' Guide to

Melody Time

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Peril, outdated cultural references in '40s Disney cartoon.

Movie NR 1948 75 minutes
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age 2+

Based on 1 parent review

age 2+

Melody Time – A Visual Treat.

It doesn’t get much more colourful or original than this highly entertaining collection of specially selected animated super treats. Special favourites like ‘The Legend of Johnny Appleseed’ with its magnificent storytelling, musical interludes, and challenging themes of opening up new horizons. It even includes a sequence featuring that crazy trio from the amazing “The Three Caballeros” who mingle with live-action musicians, including Ethel Smith playing an organ in a giant fishbowl! The exciting Bumble Boogie, the beautiful homage to ‘Trees’, ‘The Story of Little Toot’ and more, all wrapped up in a Disney animated spectacular. Can’t go wrong with this package.

Is It Any Good?

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This is an artifact of a time before "political correctness," a phrase that's now mocked, but this animated feature is the perfect example of why correction of past views was in fact needed. Here women are shallow and unnecessary temptresses who bring evil upon men, like Eve, who got poor Adam thrown out of Paradise. A guy is a great skater, but a woman on skates is inept and just needs rescuing. Angels come and get the old and take them to heaven, which leaves out many other ways of looking at death. A woman who is acknowledged to be good at riding a bucking horse breaks a man's heart and leads to his downfall. The holiness of nature is seen in Christian terms, depicting a tree as a great cross on a hill. Native Americans are portrayed as savages, and gun-slinging is shown to be fun.

Those studying the unparalleled achievements of animation or views once accepted as mainstream have much to gain from watching this, and die-hard Disney buffs may be interested, but Melody Time is unlikely to appeal to anyone else.

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