For yet another package film, this one didn’t annoy me nearly as much as many of the previous ones.
The first segment was entitled “Once Upon a Wintertime” and it a young boy and girl going ice skating, joined by a pair of rabbits. They both enjoy themselves until the males each do something to anger the females who tromp off onto thin ice from which they need rescuing. Although the guys try to save the day, they both end up failing and are ultimately all saved by the horses that drove their sleigh and a pair of birds. While still an entirely music driven piece, the clear plot of this one including conflict made it quite a nice piece.
The second segment, Bumble Boogie was an upbeat reimagining of “Flight of the Bumble Bee”. I liked the music, but as was common with many of the segments from this era, it involved a trippy wonderland with piano key flowers, snakes, and
The Legend of Johnny Appleseed was the third segment. I could have sworn that I’d seen this as a child, but upon watching it, it didn’t seem familiar at all. Perhaps I just saw another version. Whatever it was, this one didn’t impress me. Johnny runs around planting seeds, decides to “go west” to plant some more (but didn’t get far apparently) because a funny looking angel told him so, makes friends with animals and dies. Uh… k.
The fourth segment is that of “Little Toot”. This one I do remember seeing as a kid. It’s about a young tugboat who tries his hardest but ends up messing up everything he does. So after causing a large ship to run aground, he gets arrested by the boat police and taken out to sea where he discovers a large ship he saves. Apparently that taught him everything he needed to know.
This segment was quite scary as a kid. The police boats were pretty stern looking and the navigation buoys were downright scary.
Fifth was a segment on Trees. As with the rest of the musical segments with no plots, this one bored me. I think I fell asleep for a bit of it. The animation was pretty, but the harmonies are sleep inducing.
The next piece, “Blame it on the Samba” was a wake up though. It seemed like an excuse to bring back the aracuan bird. Jose and Donald were feeling blue (and literally were) so the aracuan makes them do some Samba which revives their spirits. And sends them into another trippy world. As with Bumblebee Boogie, fun music, but the not enough to keep interest otherwise.
The final segment was Pecos Bill which was about a child raised by coyotes who grew up to be the best cowboy evar. This was easily my favorite segment due to the humor in the piece: bringing rain from California to make the Gulf of Mexica, lighting a cigarette with a bolt of lightning, shooting out the stars until there was only one left (hence the Lone Star state), knocking out gold teeth of bandits (which is why there’s gold in them thar hills).
Ultimately he meets a cowgirl, wrangling a giant catfish. The two get married, but her wedding gift was a ride on his horse. Her bustle ends up bouncing her to the moon which got Pecos howling and is why coyotes howl at the moon.