Source Material of Melody Time

10th June, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Source Material of Melody Time

Melody Time Disney

Once Upon a Wintertime
This is an old holiday song that we don’t hear too much anymore.

Bumble Boogie
This is, of course, based upon “Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Did you know that the song is originally part of an opera? The bumblebee is actually a prince who is turned into an insect so he can fly to visit his father.

The Legend of Johnny Appleseed
John Chapman was a real frontiersman who planted apples in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. He was also a devout believer of the New Church (also known as Swedenborgianism) and believed that by practicing self-abnegation he would ensure a better afterlife. So even though he actually was planting trees for profit (planning on folks settling in later who would need to buy apple trees), he was very generous for those were bought trees but then weren’t able to pay for them. The song “The Lord’s Been Good to Me” is actually a real hymn as well. Several other aspects are taken from the real John Chapman’s life too, such as the fact that he died in his sleep. The tin hat, however, is apparently the result of his folklorization.

Little Toot
This is based on a story by Hardie Gramatky, which essentially tells the same story as the Disney version (with a few changes, of course). The book is actually quite popular and has been continually in print since its initial publication in 1939. Little Toot went on to have his own little series of children’s books, traveling to England, Mississippi, and San Francisco. Eventually he even had an encounter with the Loch Ness monster.

Trees
This is a twelve-line poem by Joyce Kilmer, his most famous. Ironically, since his house was in a forest, Joyce Kilmer had to chop down multiple trees in order to develop his lawn.

Blame It on the Samba
The song is an English version of “Apanhei-te, Cavaquinho,” by Ernesto Nazareth, a Brazilian composer.

Pecos Bill
Pecos Bill gets his origins not in true folklore but in fakelore. In other words, someone (in this case, Edward O’Reilly) creates stories and then purports them to be traditional folklore – Paul Bunyon is another example of fakelore. It’s falsified origins hasn’t prevented it from entering America’s tall tales however, and Pecos Bill’s legendary usage of rattlesnakes for lassos and ability to ride tornados continues to live on… sort of. Although in the stories, Pecos Bill has more wives than just Slue-Foot Sue (though apparently she was his favorite).

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