C. August Nichols, Ward Kimball

Scen.: Dick Huemer; Scgf.: A. Kendall O’Connor; Mu.: Joseph Dubin; Canzoni: Sonny Burke, Jack Elliott e (non accr.) Oliver Wallace; Prod.: Walt Disney; 35mm. D.: 10’.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

Disney has a vocation for teaching that shows up especially when it comes to music. He was always convinced that music was a joyous event, so for him learning and having fun were never separate moments. The most important and surprising of results is Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom. The formula remains that of a lecture, held by Professor Owl, who claims that the entire history of music is based on four basic elements: brass, woodwinds, strings, and percussion. As Disney’s first attempt at CinemaScope, the film employs an entirely new, modern, and edgy style, far from the soft edges and candy colors of many prior (and later) results. As such, Disney released a film whose dazzling inspirations served the purposes of musical teachings that proved as accessible as they did rigorous.

Giannalberto Bendazzi, Cartoons: il cinema d’animazione 1888- 1988, Venezia, Marsilio, 1988

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