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Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom is an educational Adventures in Music animated short film produced by Walt Disney Productions, and originally released to theaters by Buena Vista Distribution on November 10, 1953. This marks the very first animated short produced in CinemaScope.

It features Mr. Owl discussing the study of musical instruments - the subject of the day. Mr. Owl tells the class (and the viewer), in rhyme, about all music that originates from four core sounds: toot (brass), whistle (woodwind), plunk (strings), and boom (percussion).


A History of music through the ages, from prehistoric man to the modern symphony orchestra.



Toot, Whistle, Plunk, and Boom has been listed on Jerry Beck's 50 Greatest Cartoons list, where, in a survey of numerous animation historians and people in the field, the short was voted the 29th best animated short.

Both of the Adventures in Music shorts found a long lasting legacy when footage was re-used for the interstitials of the Disney Sing Along Songs video series.

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