Michel's Mixed-Up Musical Bird (1978)

Genres - Children's/Family  |   Sub-Genres - Children's Fantasy, Fantasy Adventure  |   Run Time - 46 min.  |   Countries - South Korea, USA  |  
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Produced by the animation firm of DePatie-Freleng, this ABC Afternoon Special is a deft and dextrous blend of live-action, cartoon, and original music. Playing himself, composer Michel Legrand tells his daughter Eugenie (Olivia Barash) of the days when he was a music student at the Paris Conservatory. Specifically, Legrand explains how he received his first inspiration as a composer from a pesky, flightless bird called "One Note" (shown in cartoon form). This 46-minute special features three new songs, all performed and written by Michel Legrand: "Building a Bird House," "I'm Flying," and "You Gotta Believe."