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Make Mine Music
Directed by Jack Kinney
Clyde Geronimi
Hamilton Luske
Joshua Meador
Robert Cormack
Produced by Walt Disney
Written by James Bordrero
Homer Brightman
Erwin Graham
Eric Gurney
T. Hee
Sylvia Holland
Dick Huemer
Dick Kelsey
Dick Kelsey
Jesse Marsh
Tom Oreb
Cap Palmer
Erdman Penner
Harry Reeves
Dick Shaw
John Walbridge
Roy Williams
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 Chorus
Music by Oliver Wallace
Eliot Daniel
Charles Wolcott
Studio Walt Disney Pictures
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Release date(s) April 20, 1946 (New York City premiere)
August 15,1946 (general)
Running time 75 minutes
Language English

Make Mine Music is a 1946 animated movie, produced by Walt Disney Productions and first released to movie theaters by RKO Radio Pictures on August 15, 1946. The 8th animated movie in the Disney animated movie canon, the movie stars Nelson Eddy, Dinah Shore, Benny Goodman, and The Andrews Sisters.


The movie is made of ten parts, or segments.

  • The Martins and the Coys features popular radio vocal group, King's Men singing the story of a Hatfields and McCoys-style feud in the mountains broken up when two young people from each side fall in love. This segment was later cut from the film's video release due to comic gunplay.
  • Blue Bayou features animation originally intended for Fantasia using the Debussy musical composition Clair de Lune.
  • All the Cats Join In is one of two segments to which Benny Goodman contributed. An innovative shot in which a pencil draws the action as it is happening, and in which 1940s teens are swept away by popular music.
  • Without You is a ballad of lost love, sung by Andy Russell.
  • Casey at the Bat features Jerry Colonna, reciting the famous poem about the arrogant ballplayer whose cockiness was his undoing.
  • Two Silhouettes features two live-action ballet dancers, David Lichine and Tania Riabouchinskaya, moving in silhouette with animated backgrounds and characters. Dinah Shore sings the title song.
  • Peter and the Wolf features Sterling Holloway narrating an adaptation of Prokofiev's composition about a little boy who goes hunting for a wolf, with each of the characters being thematically represented by a member of an orchestra (violins, flute, etc.).
  • After You've Gone again features Benny Goodman and his orchestra as four anthropomorphized instruments parade through a musical playground.
  • Johnnie Fedora and Alice Blue Bonnett tells the romantic story of two hats who fall in love in a department store window. When Alice is sold, Johnny tries to find her. The Andrews Sisters provide the voices.
  • The Whale Who Wanted To Sing At the Met is the story about a Sperm Whale, named Willie, with great musical talent and his dreams of singing Grand Opera. However, the producer of the theater, Tetti-Tatti, thinks Willie swallowed an opera singer, and Tetti-Tatti chases Willie with a harpoon (a spear used to on whales). In the end, Willie is killed, but the narrator tells the viewers that Willie sings on in heaven. Nelson Eddy performed all the voices in this segment.


During World War II, much of Walt Disney's staff was drafted into the United States Army, and those that were still there were called upon by the U.S. government to make training and propaganda films. As a result, the studio was littered with unfinished story ideas. In order to keep the movie division alive during this difficult time, the studio released four package films including this one, made up of various unrelated segments set to music.


Actor Role(s)
Nelson Eddy Narrator; Characters (The Whale Who Wanted To Sing At the Met)
Dinah Shore Singer (Two Sillhouettes)
Benny Goodman Music composer (All the Cats Join In; After You've Gone)
The Andrews Sisters Singers (Johnny Fedora and Alice Bluebonnet)
Jerry Colonna Narrator; Characters (Casey At the Bat)
Sterling Holloway Narrator (Peter and the Wolf)
Andy Russel Singer (Without You)
David Lichine Dancer (Two Silhouettes)
Tania Riabouchinskaya Dancer (Two Silhouettes)
The Pied Pipers Singers
The King's Men Singers (The Martins and the Coys)
The Ken Darby Chorus Singers (Blue Bayou)


To date, Make Mine Music is the only movie in the Disney animated features canon not to gain a Region 4 and Region 2 DVD release. Its only home video release was on DVD on June 6, 2000 under the Walt Disney Gold Classic Collection title.

Worldwide release dates


  • June 23, 1961
  • October 14, 1966
  • January 23, 1970
  • June 16, 1978
  • July 13, 1984
  • June 14, 1991
  • March 29, 1996


Make Mine Music ended up being a slight disappointment itself, particularly from Walt Disney's point of view. It was not well received by the critics either. Years later, the segments were individually released as short subjects or used in various Disney television programs.

The movie was entered into the 1946 Cannes Film Festival.

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