Opened: August 14, 1946
Starring: Nelson Eddy, Dinah Shore, Benny Goodman, The Andrews Sisters, Jerry Colonna, Sterling Holloway, Andy Russell, David Lichine, Tania Riabouchinskaya, The Pied Pipers, The King’s Men & The Ken Darby Singers
Disney’s third package film released during World War II after Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros separates itself from the Good Neighbor Policy that the other two films aligned with to just bring about entertainment.
In 75 minutes, 10 different short stories are told. Among them is an animated version of Peter and the Wolf set to Sergei Prokofiev’s 1936 musical composition. The Andrews Sisters sing the love story of Johnnie Fedora and Alice Bluebonnet who want to spend their lives side by side. And Nelson Eddy provides the operatic voice to Willie in The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met.
None of the film segments or characters are particularly memorable. Disney’s key characters like Mickey or Donald don’t make an appearance, which is what makes some of the other package films more memorable.
Final say: Forgetful. ★★☆☆☆