My opinion right after watching movie
My opinion of this movie is that I like it; I really like it. For the most, the music does connect with the shorts very well, the shorts themselves are very fun and investable, and it definitely improved over the 2 package films. I am actually looking forward to this era now.
So around the time this film was in development, most of the animators were drafted into WW2, and the one that remained were drafted to make propaganda shorts and advertisements.
Since they had no idea as to where their income were coming from, for this film, they merged a bunch of unfinished and leftover shorts (some from Fantasia) and put it into this film, and it shows. They decided to put out more package films (despite them finishing with the war), because they were broke.
The Martins and the Coys
This short is mediocre. The Hatfields and the McCoys are families in a violent feud, and they all killed each other except for a girl and a boy. The girl and boy fall in love, wed, and then they begin an abusive relationship and constantly fight. This is mediocre at best.
This scene was initially was supposed to be in Fantasia, but it got replaced with a pop song and it is a beautiful piece. It is beautiful to look at, but that gets old and zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz………..
All the Cats Join In
This scene is very fun. This is the most cartoony scene that I have ever seen, and it was very nice to see the teens get ready and jam to their pop music. It is so lively, and I wanted to dance with them. The animation style is good too.
I don’t even remember this short, but when I checked on the Wikipedia site, it is apparently the one with Andy Russel singing a sad song, with the tree, and such. It is too unmemorable and short.
Casey at the Bat
This scene is the baseball scene, with the baseball player, who got way too cocky and arrogant that it became his undoing. A poem is read, and it is called Casey at the Bat. I don’t see how this had to do with music and it does not really have that musical vibe that all of the others have. They could have taken this one out of the film, though it was enjoyable.
This short is boring and short. It is just 2 silhouette ballerinas dancing.
Peter and the Wolf
This is the most memorable short in the movie, and it is a good short. Peter goes on a hunt with his animal friends to kill the wolf. The wolf then “kills a duck”, which gets them mad, and then they eventually kill the wolf. The duck “comes back to life” and everything is all good. The plot is great, and it is well paced.
After You’ve Gone
This one is short, but it shows off some colorful and fluid animation. We see some anthropomorphic instruments move around, and it is a great short to look at.
Johnnie Fedora and Alice Blue Bonnet
So The Andrew Sisters sing/narrate the story of hats Johnie Fedora and Alice Blue Bonnet. They meet and fall in love with a department store, Alice is bought, Johnnie is sad. Johnnie is bought and looks for Alice, and he gives up, only to find her on a horse and they run off with the horses. It is a decent sized short, but you get invested, but a good amount of that has to do with the animation and the Andrew Sisters.
The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met
The final short is probably the best. The whale is singing and a crew sailing by, and they think the whale swallowed an opera singer, singing for help. So they try to shoot the whale, but the whale is too busy dreaming about his future as an opera singer, performing in front of many, but then he is brought to reality and killed. He is then seen singing in heaven, with a sold out concert for him.
Since the package films are packages of shorts, the characters are not really characters. They are enjoyable here though when they are actual characters. You actually feel for them.
The animation here is better, but still not great. It is still extremely cartoony and the color scheming is not the best, but it is still fluid. Still not their best, and….. there is nothing else to say about it.
The music is really good here. I like how they went with the pop themed music instead of classical music, to showcase how the 1940s pop was. I was really engaged, and liked how the singers narrated with music and they did really well with that. The music connects to that short and has a common theme throughout the movie, with pop music instead of the classical music theme in Fantasia.
Reception at Release
When it was released on April 20th, 1946, it received mixed to positive reviews, with everyone panning the violence in the first short.
It is forgotten, but not hated like the previous 2 WW2 package films.