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Toot, Whistle, Plunk And Boom

Alternate Title: Adventures In Music: Toot, Whistle, Plunk And Boom

Toot, Whistle, Plunk And Boom (Adventures In Music: Toot, Whistle, Plunk And Boom) (1953) Theatrical Cartoon Toot, Whistle, Plunk And Boom

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  • Theatrical Short
  • Distributed by: Buena Vista Pictures
  • Cartoon Characters: Professor Owl, Suzy Sparrow, Penelope Pinfeather, Bertie Birdbrain, The Canary Sisters.
  • Originally Released in 1953.
  • TechniColor, CinemaScope
  • Running Time: 9:46 minutes.
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.
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In this short subject (which represents a departure from Disney's traditional approach to animation), a stuffy owl teacher lectures his feathered flock on the origins of musical instruments. Starting with cavemen whose crude implements could only "toot, whistle, plunk and boom," the owl explains how these primitive beginnings led to the development of the four basic types of instruments: brass, woodwinds, strings and percussion.

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Nearly fifty years later, I still remember the clarity with which this funny, engaging film introduced the physics of sound and the archetypes of musical instruments. Professor Owl will remind you of the park ranger in those cartoons about the Yellowstone...  (read more)

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