The Walt Disney Studio is best known for its achievements in both Shorts and feature-length animations. Live-action movies aren’t far behind. But after those must come music! Because for almost every Disney movie you know, you can probably hum a tune that you identify with that movie. Yes?
Hence, we have The Magical Music of Walt Disney box set, brought to you with glorious 8-Track tape quality:
Ahhh… 1978 lives!
I found this set at a charity shop for just $5.99 CAN and just had to have it, even though I don’t have an 8-track player. Who does?
Front and Back of the Box Set
This commemorative box set was released to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the creation of Mickey Mouse, who you might remember, first appeared on-screen in the 1928 Short entitled Steamboat Willie.
So it all started with a mouse and ended, in 1978, with this glorious tribute.
Who remembers these?
My father bought an old Fargo van when I was still a teenager and it actually had an 8-track player in it (along with a 3-on-the-tree shifter) and I would borrow it to ‘cruise.’ I cranked the two tapes I found on the floor of the van. One was Burton Cummings, I think. Good times in rural Ontario!
Big. Bulky. And beautiful!
Apart from just wanting an unusual piece for my disneyana collection, I also bought this set because it has a 52-page full-color book included. It starts with an introduction to both Dick Schory, the producer of this set, and the book itself. Next, there is a two-page spread about Walt Disney. Let’s have a look at one page from that spread:
This montage shows Walt from his beginnings up to just months before his death (center picture, on the set of The Happiest Millionaire).
Next is a two-page spread featuring the art of Disney animation. Below is one page from that spread:
The next several pages cover Mickey’s early years in Shorts as well as the Silly Symphonies, and Mickey’s later years.
The book moves into the feature-length feature films starting with Snow White and including Pinocchio, Dumbo (below), and Bambi.
Next we are treated to some of the great animated classics of the Forties:
Following is Song of the South, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Fantasia, Lady and the Tramp, and Sleeping Beauty. Then the True-Life Adventures series is covered as are the later animated years with 101 Dalmatians and The Rescuers, among others.
The live-action movies are covered next with Mary Poppins and Pete’s Dragon, both known for their excellent use of music.
Below are pages showing the music and sound effects departments:
The book concludes with a look at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World parks. Both have a long history of musical storytelling!
So maybe some day in the distant future, 8-track tapes will make the same comeback journey that vinyl has today… but I doubt it! Oh well. This set makes a great keepsake, a conversation piece, and definitely provides a cool slice of Disney history.