Sunday, November 10, 2019

Disney's “Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom” Released on This Date in 1953 Was the First Cartoon in CinemaScope, and 1954 Academy Award Winner

The Walt Disney Archives reminds us that Disney's animated short “Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom” was released on this date in 1953. "This “study of musical instruments,” led by Professor Owl, teaches us four fundamentals in how we can produce sound. It went on to win the Academy Award for Best Cartoon".

“Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom” was the first ever cartoon in CinemaScope and is obviously in the Disney educative cartoon section. In this short subject - which mostly represents a departure from Disney's traditional approach to animation, a stuffy owl teacher lectures his feathered flock on the origins of Western musical instruments. Starting with cave people, whose crude implements could only "toot, whistle, plunk and boom," the owl explains how these beginnings led to the development of the four basic types of Western musical instruments: brass, woodwinds, strings, and percussion.

The short was directed by Ward Kimball and C August Nichols, and animated by Marc Davis, Ward Kimball, Julius Svendsen, X Atencio, Henry Tanious and Art Stevens. I went on Yourtube to see if it was possible to find it, and it is, so you have the full cartoon below.

As said above, Disney won an Academy Award in 1954 for this short - as well as another one for the "two reels short subject picture" which was animal documentary in this case. You also have the video below of the moment during the 1954 Oscars when Walt comes on stage - twice! - to receive the Oscars. And the funny thing is when Walt did his acceptance speech for “Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom” cartoon, He thanks the "photographers who did such a part in the making of the nature films" - when in fact he was reciving the Oscar for the animated short! He comes back on stage a few minutes later to get the other award, this time for the "nature films".

Picture and videos: copyright Disney


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Like the presentation and colors so artful. Love the "little caveman" I loved this cartoon when I was a kid, and the caveman was my favorite I always liked it when he banged on his stomach :)

Ray said...

Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom' was really a fantastic cartoon animation by Walt Disney. He was absolutely well deserved Oscar winner for his outstanding cartoon production. He was really a great man. Because, he didn't took all the credit by himself. He also credited the photographers who did such a part in the making of the nature films. Thank you so much for sharing this historic event with us. Hope you will find interesting my site is background removal service