Make Mine Music
|Make Mine Music|
Original theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jack Kinney
|Produced by||Walt Disney|
|Written by||Walt Disney
The Andrews Sisters
The Pied Pipers
The King's Men
The Ken Darby Chorus
|Studio||Walt Disney Productions|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.|
|Release date(s)||April 20, 1946|
|Running time||76 minutes|
During the Second World War, 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. This is the third package film, following Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros.
Film segments 
This particular film has ten such segments.
The Martins and the Coys 
This segment featured popular radio vocal group, 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 fell in love. It was edited out in the NTSC home media version because it had parts too intense for children, while in the PAL version, it was kept.
Blue Bayou 
This segment featured animation originally intended for Fantasia using the Claude Debussy musical composition Clair de Lune from Suite bergamasque. However, by the time Make Mine Music was released Clair de Lune was replaced by the new song Blue Bayou, performed by the Ken Darby Singers. However, the original version of the segment still survives.
All the Cats Join In 
This segment was one of two segments to which Benny Goodman contributed: an innovative shot in which a pencil drew the action as it was happening, and in which 1940s teens were swept away by popular music.
Without You 
Casey at the Bat 
Two Silhouettes 
This segment was an animated dramatization of the 1936 musical composition by Sergei Prokofiev, with narration by actor Sterling Holloway. A Russian boy named Peter set 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. Each character is represented with a specific musical accompaniment as follows:
Peter: String Quartet
Sasha the Bird: Flute
Sonia the Duck: Oboe
Ivan the Cat: Clarinet
Hunters: Kettle Drums
The Wolf: Primarily horns and cymbals.
After You've Gone 
Johnny Fedora and Alice Blue Bonnet 
This segment told the romantic story of two hats who fell in love in a department store window. When Alice was sold, Johnny devoted himself to finding her again. They eventually, by pure chance, meet up again and live happily ever after together, side by side.The Andrews Sisters provided the vocals. Like the other segments, it was later released theatrically. It was released as such on May 21, 1954.
The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met 
The bittersweet finale about a Sperm Whale with incredible musical talent and his dreams of singing Grand Opera. A legend is spread throughout the city that there is an opera-singing whale, but as it is seemingly disproven, it is assumed that the whale has swallowed an opera singer who is the one the sailors are actually hearing sing. The short-sighted impresario Tetti-Tatti believes this and sets out to destroy Willy, the newspapers announcing that he was going to see. Whitey, Willy's seagull friend, excitedly brings Willy the newspaper, all of his friends believing that this is his big chance, so he goes out to meet the boat and sing for Tetti-Tatti. Of course he finds them, and upon hearing Willy sing, Tetti-Tatti comes to believe that Willy has swallowed not one, but THREE singers (due to his having three uvulae), and chases him with a harpoon on a boat with three crewmen. Upon hearing the whale sing, the crewmen try to stop Tetti-Tatti from killing the whale, as they want to continue listening to him sing, even to the point of tying up Tetti-Tatti and sitting on him, however he still manages to escape and fire the harpoon gun. In the end, Willie was harpooned and killed, but the narrator then explains that Willy's voice will sing on in Heaven. Nelson Eddy narrated and performed all the voices in this segment. As Willie the Whale, Eddy sang all three male voices in the first part of the Sextet from Donizetti's opera, Lucia di Lammermoor.
|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 Bluebonnet)|
|Jerry Colonna||Narrator (Casey at the Bat)|
|Sterling Holloway||Narrator (Peter and the Wolf)|
|Andy Russell||Singer (Without You)|
|David Lichine||Dancer (Two Silhouettes)|
|Tania Riabouchinskaya||Dancer (Two Silhouettes)|
|The Pied Pipers||Singers|
|The King's Men||Singers (The Martins and the Coys)|
|The Ken Darby Chorus||Singers (Blue Bayou)|
Home video 
Make Mine Music was originally released on laserdisc in Japan on October 21, 1985, and on VHS and DVD on June 6, 2000 under the Walt Disney Gold Classic Collection title. This release was edited to remove "The Martins and the Coys", because it had "graphic gunplay not suitable for children." Before, two of its segments (Willie the Operatic Whale, and Peter and the Wolf) were released on home video indepent of the original feature, in company with original animated shorts in the 1980s and 1990s. The Japanese laserdisc includes all the cuts made to the VHS/DVD versions. No unedited release has been scheduled in America. European Region 2 DVDs also include the unedited feature, but was not released in the United Kingdom, making it the only classic unavailable. A UK release has been set, for the first time, on DVD from July 15th 2013.
It is the only film in the Disney Animated Classics canon never to see a release on Region 4 DVD in Australia.
See also 
- Make Mine Music at the Internet Movie Database
- Make Mine Music at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Make Mine Music at Rotten Tomatoes