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Make Mine Music is an animated feature produced by Walt Disney Productions that had been distributed by RKO Radio Pictures in New York City, New York on April 20, 1946 and released to theaters nationwide on August 15 of the same year. It is the eighth animated feature in the Disney Animated Canon.

During World War II, much of Walt Disney's staff was drafted into the army, and those that remained were called upon by the U.S. government to make training and propaganda films. As a result, the studio was littered with unfinished story ideas. In order to keep the feature film division alive during this difficult time, the studio released six package films including this one, made up of various unrelated segments set to music. It is the third package film, following Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros. It received mixed to positive reviews, though its first segment, The Martins and the Coys, was panned by critics due to its overuse of violence. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 67% of the critics gave the film a positive review based on 9 reviews, with an average rating of 6.3/10. The musical director was Al Sack. The film was entered into the 1946 Cannes Film Festival.

Film segments

This particular is presented as A Musical Fantasy in Ten Parts:

  • The Martins and the Coys (A Rustic Ballad) feature the popular radio vocal group, The King's Men singing the story of a Hatfields and McCoys-style feud in the mountains broken up when two young people from each side fall in love. This segment was later cut from the film's U.S. video release due to comic gunplay, although the film's U.K. video release has the segment intact and uncensored. As of 2020, the movie's full uncut presentation with this segment hasn't been released in the U.S. on home media yet or on Disney+ yet.
  • Blue Bayou (A Tone Poem) features animation originally intended for Fantasia using the Debussy musical composition Clair de Lune.
  • All the Cats Join In (A Jazz Interlude) is one of two segments to which Benny Goodman contributed. An innovative shot in which a pencil draws the action as it is happening, and in which 1940s teens are swept away by popular music. The U.S. video release has a scene from the segment digitally altered to shrink the lead girl's bare bust size for censorship purposes.
  • Without You (A Ballad in Blue) is a ballad of lost love, sung by Andy Russell.
  • Casey at the Bat (A Musical Recitation) features Jerry Colonna, reciting the famous poem by Ernest Thayer, about the arrogant ballplayer whose cockiness was his undoing.
  • Two Silhouettes (Ballade Ballet) features two live-action ballet dancers, David Lichine and Tania Riabouchinskaya, moving in silhouette with animated backgrounds and characters. Dinah Shore sings the title song.
  • Peter and the Wolf (A Fairy Tale With Music) is an animated dramatization of the 1936 musical composition by Sergei Prokofiev, with narration by actor Sterling Holloway. A Russian boy named Peter sets off into the forest to hunt the wolf with his animal friends: a bird named Sasha, a duck named Sonia, and a cat named Ivan.
  • After You've Gone (And Now the Goodman Quartet) again features Benny Goodman and his quartet (Teddy Wilson - piano, Sid Weiss - bass, Cozy Cole - drums) as four anthropomorphized instruments parade through a musical playground.
  • Johnny Fedora and Alice Bluebonnet (A Love Story) tells the romantic story of two hats who fall in love in a department store window. When Alice is sold, Johnny devotes himself to finding her again. The Andrews Sisters provide the vocals.
  • The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met (Opera Pathetique) is the bittersweet finale about a sperm whale named Willie with incredible musical talent and his dreams of singing Grand Opera. But short-sighted impressario Tetti-Tatti believes that the whale has simply swallowed an opera singer, and chases him with a harpoon. Nelson Eddy narrates and performs all the voices in this segment. As Willie the Whale, Eddy sings all three male voices in the first part of the Sextet from Donizetti's opera, Lucia di Lammermoor. In the end, Willie is harpooned and killed, but the narrator softens the blow by telling the viewers that he sings on in heaven.

The Talents of

  • Nelson Eddy - Narrator; characters (The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met)
  • Dinah Shore - Singer (Two Silhouettes)
  • Benny Goodman - Musician (All the Cats Join In/After You've Gone)
  • The Andrews Sisters - Singers (Johnny Fedora and Alice Blue Bonnet)
  • Jerry Colonna - Narrator (Casey at the Bat)
  • Andy Russell - Singer (Without You)
  • Sterling Holloway - Narrator (Peter and the Wolf)
  • Riabouchinskaya and Lichine - Dancers (Two Silhouettes)
  • Pied Pipers - Singers
  • King's Men - Singers (The Martins and the Coys)
  • Ken Darby Chorus - Singers (Blue Bayou)

Uncredited

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Home video

Main article: Make Mine Music (video)

Make Mine Music was originally released on laserdisc in Japan on October 21, 1985. The Japanese laserdisc is completely uncut and often sells for over $100 as a result. No unedited release has been scheduled in America yet.

Make Mine Music's sole home video release in the United States was on VHS and DVD on June 6, 2000, under the Walt Disney Gold Classic Collection title. Before, two of its segments were released on home video individually with addition cartoons added to them in the '80s and '90s. This release is edited to remove The Martins and the Coys in it because it has "graphic gunplay not suitable for children", and All The Cats Join In had an edit to shrink the lead girl's bare butt size to make it less vulgar. No other release has been scheduled yet.

European Region 2 DVDs also include the unedited feature but was not released in the United Kingdom, making it the only classic unavailable at the time. It was finally released in the U.K. for the first time on DVD on July 15, 2013, containing the uncut version.

It is one of only two films in the Disney Animated Classics canon never to see a release on Region 4 DVD in Australia, the other is The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad. It should also be of note that Make Mine Music was never released on VHS in Australia.

The film's limited appearance on home media format makes it the rarest in home video availability of all the animated films in the Disney Animated Canon, though Song of the South and Victory Through Air Power which are animation/live-action hybrid films not part of the Disney Animated Canon, do have very limited home video availability like this film (Music Land) in contrast, is the rarest of all, as it was never released on home video yet.

In Disney Parks

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Media
Make Mine MusicCasey Bats AgainHouse of MouseVideo

Segments: The Martins and the CoysBlue BayouAll the Cats Join InWithout YouCasey at the Bat Two SilhouettesPeter and the WolfAfter You've GoneJohnny Fedora and Alice Blue BonnetWillie the Operatic Whale

Disney Parks
Games of the BoardwalkLe Pays des Contes de FéesWonderful World of Animation

Restaurants: Casey's Corner

Characters
Henry CoyGrace MartinEgret CoupleCaseyLadies from the StandTeenagersPeterSashaSoniaIvanPeter's GrandfatherMisha, Yasha, and VladimirWolfClarinetJohnny FedoraAlice Blue BonnetWillie the WhaleWhiteyTetti-TattiTetti-Tatti's Sailors
Locations
Ocean • New York CityRussia
Songs
Make Mine MusicThe Martins and the CoysBlue BayouAll the Cats Join InWithout YouCasey (The Pride of Them All)Two SilhouettesJohnny Fedora and Alice Blue Bonnet


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Walt Disney Animation Studios (Disney Animated Canon)
Disney Golden Age: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) · Pinocchio (1940) · Fantasia (1940) · Dumbo (1941) · Bambi (1942)

Disney Package Film Era: Saludos Amigos (1942) · The Three Caballeros (1944) · Make Mine Music (1946) · Fun and Fancy Free (1947) · Melody Time (1948) · The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
Disney Silver Age: Cinderella (1950) · Alice in Wonderland (1951) · Peter Pan (1953) · Lady and the Tramp (1955) · Sleeping Beauty (1959) · One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) · The Sword in the Stone (1963) · The Jungle Book (1967)
Disney Bronze Age: The Aristocats (1970) · Robin Hood (1973) · The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977) · The Rescuers (1977)
Disney Dark Age: The Fox and the Hound (1981) · The Black Cauldron (1985) · The Great Mouse Detective (1986) · Oliver & Company (1988)
Disney Renaissance: The Little Mermaid (1989) · The Rescuers Down Under (1990) · Beauty and the Beast (1991) · Aladdin (1992) · The Lion King (1994) · Pocahontas (1995) · The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) · Hercules (1997) · Mulan (1998) · Tarzan (1999)
Disney Post-Renaissance: Fantasia 2000 (1999) · Dinosaur (2000) · The Emperor's New Groove (2000) · Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) · Lilo & Stitch (2002) · Treasure Planet (2002) · Brother Bear (2003) · Home on the Range (2004) · Chicken Little (2005) · Meet the Robinsons (2007)
Disney Revival: Bolt (2008) · The Princess and the Frog (2009) · Tangled (2010) · Winnie the Pooh (2011) · Wreck-It Ralph (2012) · Frozen (2013) · Big Hero 6 (2014) · Zootopia (2016) · Moana (2016) · Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) · Frozen II (2019)
Upcoming: Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) · Encanto (2021)

Pixar
Toy Story (1995) · A Bug's Life (1998) · Toy Story 2 (1999) · Monsters, Inc. (2001) ·Finding Nemo (2003) · The Incredibles (2004) · Cars (2006) · Ratatouille (2007) · WALL-E (2008) · Up (2009) · Toy Story 3 (2010) · Cars 2 (2011) · Brave (2012) · Monsters University (2013) · Inside Out (2015) · The Good Dinosaur (2015) · Finding Dory (2016) . Cars 3 (2017) · Coco (2017) · Incredibles 2 (2018) · Toy Story 4 (2019) · Onward (2020)

Upcoming: Soul (2020) · Luca (2021)

Disneytoon Studios
DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990) · A Goofy Movie (1995) · Doug's 1st Movie (1999) · The Tigger Movie (2000) · Recess: School's Out (2001) · Peter Pan: Return to Never Land (2002) · The Jungle Book 2 (2003) · Piglet's Big Movie (2003) · Teacher's Pet (2004) · Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005) · Tinker Bell (2008) · Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (2009) · Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (2010) · Secret of the Wings (2012) · Planes (2013) · The Pirate Fairy (2014) · Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014) · Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (2015)
Lucasfilm Animation Studios
Strange Magic (2015)
Live-Action Films with Non-CG Animation
The Reluctant Dragon (1941) · Victory Through Air Power (1943) · Song of the South (1946) · So Dear to My Heart (1949) ·Mary Poppins (1964) · Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) · Pete's Dragon (1977) · Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) ·James and the Giant Peach (1996) · Enchanted (2007) · Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
Animated Films Distributed by Disney
The Brave Little Toaster (1987) · The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) · Valiant (2005) · The Wild (2006) · A Christmas Carol (2009) · Mars Needs Moms (2011) · Frankenweenie (2012)
Studio Ghibli Films Distributed by Disney
Princess Mononoke (1997) · Spirited Away (2001) · Howl's Moving Castle (2004) · Tales from Earthsea (2006) · Ponyo (2008) · The Secret World of Arietty (2010) · The Wind Rises (2013)

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