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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.
- Bertie Birdbrain
- Canary Sisters
- Penelope Pinfeather
- Professor Owl
- Suzy Sparrow
- Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom (characters)
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.
Home video releases
- Walt Disney Cartoon Classics: Limited Gold Editions - Disney's Best: The Fabulous '50s.
- Walt Disney Treasures: Disney Rarities
- Fantasia 2000 (2000 DVD release): Used as a bonus feature