Make Mine Music (1946) Review — A Whale Of A Performance


  • Make Mine Music is a collection of ten shorts (with one of them excluded from the video I watched due to gunplay) set to popular 40s music and…that’s pretty much it really. I’m not familiar with what was popular during the years of Uncle Adolf, so I can’t really judge the music on its own aside from it sounding decent for the most part. Well that’s a bit of a lie. I can judge Peter and the Wolf because who doesn’t know that one, but we also all know it’s a good piece, so that’s out the window as well.
  • And if you’re asking me to talk about the shorts individually like I did with Fantasia, fat chance. I mean what am I supposed to say about two hats falling in love with each other? Or even Peter and the Wolf, as we all know this tale and the only difference is that the duck survived in the end? Well okay, the narrator is a little annoying, but that’s about all I can really say.

Lock and loaded to hunt that big bad wolf

  • I guess I can say that I liked every short I saw, but of course none of them blew me away. A lot of people really love that singing whale, but I just thought it was decent. Everyone spoiled me on the ending ahead of time, and it’s not really that sad to begin with – although seriously how the heck did the guy get the opportunity to shoot that harpoon gun anyways?
  • I do like how all the singing voices were done by one guy, and let me tell you, whoever that dude was has range. But while I did enjoy seeing the whale “rise” to fame with his voice, only for reality to crash down, I’ve seen more developed versions of that story before. Hell, we’ve all read Great Expectations.
  • Casey at the Bat is also a bit of a popular one, although it’s been ruined by pop culture at this point. Blue Bayou is neat given that it’s a Fantasia leftover, but the fact that they switched the classical music for a popular 40s track really shows. And I guess those rotoscoped dancers in Two Silhouettes was a neat visual trick.
  • But honestly, reviewing a visual experience like Make Mine Music is pointless. Animation is good. Music is good. Experience is good. Stories are simple, yet effective. No real flaws, but no real strengths either unless you’re really into this sort of stuff.

This was personally my favorite visual trick in the film

  • It pretty much has to be seen to be believed, but given the era it came from, obviously not a lot of people have seen it. I do recommend you check it out if you ever get the chance, but that assumes you can find a copy, because my god getting ahold of this was tough. I’m sure the individual shorts are more easily available somewhere, but it’s not my job to recommend where to search.
  • And yeah, that’s all you’re getting from me in regards to this. Short review, huh?

Minor Quips

  • Confession: I never actually read Great Expectations, but I know how the story goes.
  • Did anyone really think Casey was going to hit that ball, even if they’ve never heard the original poem before?

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