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Bumble Boogie is an animated short and the second segment from both Disney's 1948 (10th) animated feature film Melody Time and the 1955 reissue, Contrasts in Rhythm.


A surrealistic nightmare for a solitary, tiny, aghast, fast and desparate bumblebee actually known as Bumble (to a boogie-woogie version of Flight of the Bumblebee) trying to escape the visual display and imminent harmony of a musical frenzy.


This segment features the story of a bumblebee named Bumble trying to escape from an instrumental nightmare. Bumble tries to smell or rest on flowers but the flowers end up attacking him. Fed up with all the flowers attacking him, he gets enraged and smashes the flowers that try to eat him, but their petals made of piano keys form into a giant snake. After avoiding the snake by causing it to separate its keys, the piano keys form back into the same creature later serving as a cage so Bumble won't escape. However, destroying the cage led the piano keys in the form of butterflies surrounding him as Bumble tries to escape from the instrument frenzy. Bumble then avoids the trumpets and piano hammers that try to hit him as he ends up on piano keys falling off a river. Having escaped, Bumble then leaps on the piano keys, restoring the piano and ending the segment.



  • The music for this animated segment is courtesy of Freddy Martin and His Orchestra (with Jack Fina playing the piano) and is a swing-jazz variation of Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee, which was one of the many pieces considered for inclusion in Fantasia.
  • In the 1998 video preview for Melody Time, the version of "Flight of the Bumblebee" featured in this short plays over a montage of clips from the movie, including "Pecos Bill", "Little Toot", "Once Upon a Wintertime", "Johnny Appleseed", and of course, "Bumble Boogie".

Notes & Production

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Segments: Once Upon a WintertimeBumble BoogieThe Legend of Johnny AppleseedLittle TootTreesBlame It on the SambaPecos Bill

Disney Parks
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & CafeWonderful World of Animation
Master of CeremoniesJoeJennyBumbleJohnny AppleseedJohnny's AngelLittle TootBig TootDonald DuckJosé CariocaAracuan BirdPecos BillSlue-Foot SueWidowmakerVultures
New York CityTexasSouth America
Melody TimeOnce Upon a WintertimeThe Lord is Good to MeGet on the Wagon Rolling WestThere's a Lot of Work Out There to DoApple FeastLittle TootTreesBlame It on the SambaBlue Shadows on the TrailSweet SuePecos Bill