Music Land (lost Disney package feature; 1955)
Music Land was an anthology film produced by Walt Disney Productions in 1955. Walt Disney was very worried about the future prospects of RKO studies following Howard Hughes' takeover of the studio in the early 50's. He did not trust Hughes to make the right decisions with the distribution of his films and wanted to sever ties immediately. However, he was still contractually obligated to deliver one more film to RKO after the release of Peter Pan in 1953.
To fulfill that contract, Disney re-edited segments from Make Mine Music (1946) and Melody Time (1948), two collections of short musical animated films, together. The film's content is available elsewhere, except the newer film's intro, transitions, and ending. Although rushed, it counted as a feature film and fulfilled Disney's contract with RKO.
Music Land was never shown after its release outside of a special showing at the National Film Theater as a tribute to Walt Disney. It has never been made available on home video and was officially removed from the Disney canon in 1985. Very little information about the film can be found online today, although lobby cards and advertisement material is available.
Two lobby cards displaying film stills:
- Disney Wikia article. Retrieved 25 Mar '16.