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Music Land

A Silly Symphony

Release Date : October 5, 1935

Running Time : 9:34

Synopsis

When the saxophone son of the King of the Isle of Jazz falls in love with the violin daughter of his father's rival, the Queen of the Land of Symphony, war erupts. The Prince and Princess are nearly drowned in the Sea of Discord until a cease fire is called. The short ends in a double wedding and the uniting of the two kingdoms with the Bridge of Harmony.

Credits

Director
Dick Lundy
Asst. Director
Graham Heid
Animation
Grim Natwick
Archie Robin
Gerry "Clyde" Geronomi
Dick Lundy
Frenchy de Tremaudan
Les Clark
Leonard Sebring
Wolfgang Reitherman
Dick Heumer
Louie Schmitt
Cy Young
George Rowley
Ken O'Connor
Al Eugster
Dan MacManus
Frank Kelling
John Morehouse
Robert Jones
Ugo D'Orsi
Edwin Aardal
John Bond
George Drake
Frank Thomas
Jim Tyer
Story
Pinto Colvig
Music
Leigh Harline
Character Design
Albert Hurter

Video

United States
Walt Disney Mini Classics : Peter and the Wolf
Favorite Stories : Peter and the Wolf
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions II : The Disney Dream Factory : 1933-1938
Germany
Peter and the Wolf
Verrückte Musikanten
France
Silly Symphonies Volume 1
Italy
Peter and the Wolf
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions II : La Fabbrica dei Sogni

Laserdiscs

United States
The Prince and the Pauper / Willie the Operatic Whale / Peter and the Wolf
Cartoon Classics : Limited Gold Editions II : The Disney Dream Factory : 1933-1938
Japan
More Silly Symphonies

DVD

United States
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 6 : Extreme Music Fun
Make Mine Music
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
Germany
Musik Spass Superstars
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
France
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
Italy
Extreme Music Fun
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
Canada
Classic Cartoon Favorites : Volume 6 : Extreme Music Fun
Sweden
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies
United Kingdom
Disney Treasures : Silly Symphonies

Blu-Ray

United States
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs : 3 Disc Blue ray + DVD Combo Pack
Beauty and the Beast : 3 Disc Blue Ray + DVD Combo Pack

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 24: Symphonic Silly Symphonies
Donald's Quack Attack: Episode 4

Technical Specification

Color Type: Technicolor
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Released by United Artists Pictures

Comments

  • The ruler of the "Isle of Jazz" is a caricature of popular bandleader Paul Whiteman; he was widely known in real life by the title "The King of Jazz."

From Ryan Kilpatrick at The Disney Film Project : When I think of Silly Symphonies, Music Land is the short that I think of. It was one of the first Silly Symphonies I saw, and to me, it defines what the series is all about. It tells a great story, done entirely through animation and music, with no dialogue, and manages to entertain for nine and a half minutes without fail.

If you haven’t seen it, you need to. The basics are that it’s a take on the Romeo and Juliet story, but this time told from the view of musical instruments. The opening shot reveals our two kingdoms – The Isle of Symphony and the Isle of Jazz. Between them lies the Sea of Discord, a fun play on words, but also an easy set up to let the viewer know that there is dislike between these two kingdoms.

As seemingly always happens in these tales, the princess and prince of these two lands fall in love. The violin princess from the Isle of Symphony waves heartily at the saxophone prince of the Isle of Jazz, and soon he is on his way over to her in a raft. They meet, and begin a quick chase around the island, young lovers to the max.

Things go horribly wrong (a Disney staple) when the queen of the Isle of Symphony finds out what is going on and throws the prince in the metronome prison. It’s a great trick how everything in these two islands relates to their theme. The metronome prison is a good example, but even better are the weaponry.

When the king of the Isle of Jazz discovers his son is imprisoned, he brings out the brass. And no, I don’t mean important generals. I mean the brass band, including trumpets, tubas and more. The king launches attacks on the Isle of Symphony by the artillery band, with the notes servicing as the artillery.

That’s a neat touch, but the queen tops it. The tops of the organ pipes turn from upright to facing the Isle of Jazz, and begin blasting them with notes.

The amazing part of this is that it should sound terrible from a musical standpoint. You have loose, free flowing jazz interrupting symphonic music, but it works. The composition of the two plays off each other and intermingles to make a great sounding piece.

Finally, the two children row out to meet each other in the Sea of Discord, and their danger causes the two grown ups to call a halt to the proceedings. And, when the king and queen meet, they spark up a romance as well. All ends well with the queen marrying the king and the prince marrying the princess, and instead of the Sea of Discord, we have the Bridge of Harmony.

This short manages to use music to tell the story, which is what works best in the Silly Symphonies. It’s not just an accompaniment for dances or actions that are not relevant, it’s an integral part of the storytelling. I think this, too, is important for Disney moving forward. Using music to tell stories is a big part of the features, and it is done very well in Music Land.


From 411314 : I recently noticed that this cartoon is very good at getting exposition across quickly, like that map you just mentioned. I wonder how they managed to make it sound like the bass guitar marrying the couples was saying the same marriage vows used in real life without having him actually say a word but only make guitar sounds.
From Mac : Yeah, there's some very clever stuff in this cartoon, not least the music that is created when the two lands go to war. There's also some really clever visual stuff. The watercolor backgrounds are not only beautifully painted, but are packed with neat design touches and architecture. Everything is so well worked out you could imagine these islands being built for real at a Disney theme park.
From Jose Gallardo : This is one of the greatest accomplishments I have ever seen on film. Being a musician myself I recognized the efforts in making instruments sound like speaking voices. Sheer genius.
From Jerry Edwards : A superbly animated, musical cartoon. I especially enjoy how the musical instruments are used as "weapons of war" to the strains of Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries." I also love the "remake" of Romeo and Juliet.
From Ryan : I thought that this was a pretty stupid cartoon. The humanized instruments were just too much for me and they acted so dumb. No wonder they call it a "Silly Symphony." I sort of laughed at it, but I guess I thought that it was so stupid that it was funny. I would, however, not want to have this short as part of my Disney collection.
From Mike G : Even though the classical vs. jazz thing seems naive and a little juvenile compared to what Disney would do just a few years later in Fantasia, this is one of the great Silly Symphonies-- it's beautifully art directed and quite imaginative.
From John : Music Land was one of the first cartoons I saw as a kid, and its genius is still unique today. The musical little war played out brought life to instruments, for the first and greatest time. This cartoon is freakin' awesome.
From Matthew Cooper : When I was a child I kept on hearing about this cartoon, and wanted to see it badly. Once I got the Silly Symphonies DVD, I saw it and loved it! This cartoon is excellent for a number of reasons: the colors, characters (because I just love cartoons where inanimate objects are given life!) Although, the number one reason why this short is one of my absolute favorites is the music, 'cause I am a fan of both classical and jazz. The sequences are awesome too. My favorite is the war, but I also love the wedding on the Bridge of Harmony at the end.

This short gets a score of 100%!


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