Once Upon a Wintertime
Studio: Disney Release Date : May 27, 1948 Series:

Cumulative rating: No Ratings Posted


A December valentine features the memories of a romantic couple in their courting days. The boy tries to show off for his girl on the ice, but events soon turn to a possible tragedy and a timely rescue.



Hamilton S. "Ham" Luske


Eric Larson
John Lounsbery
Harvey Toombs
Hal King


Art Scott
Mary Blair


Eliot Daniel
Ken Darby


Art Riley


A. Kendall "Ken" O'Connor
Don Griffith

Effects Animation

George Rowley

Included in:

Music Land


  • Released as part of the Disney feature "Meldoy Time"


The Mickey Mouse Club (Season 2, Episode 59)


United States

A Walt Disney Christmas
A Disney Christmas Gift
Melody Time


Donalds Hitparade
Micky und Pluto Feiern Weihnachten
Die Schönsten Weihnachtsgeschichten von Walt Disney
Melodie Tanz Rhythmus


Lo Scrigno Delle Sette Perle
Canto di Natale di Topolino (I)
Canto di Natale di Topolino (II)

CED Disc

United States

A Disney Christmas Gift

Laserdisc (CLV)

United States

A Walt Disney Christmas
Paul Bunyan / The Three Little Pigs
A Disney Christmas Gift
Kids is Kids Starring Donald Duck
Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Cartoon Collections Volume 2


Merry Christmas
Mickey Loves Minnie
The Tortoise and the Hare
Melody Time
I Love Donald
Mickey's Jungle Trouble


United States

Melody Time


Musik, Tanz und Rhythmus


Melodie Cocktail


Lo Scrigno delle Sette Perle

United Kingdom

Melody Time


Melody Time

BluRay Disc

United States

Olaf's Frozen Adventure
Melody Time

Technical Specifications

Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Color Type: Technicolor
Negative Type: 35mm
Original Language: English
Print Type: 35mm
Sound Type: Mono: RCA Sound Recording

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From Ryan :

I don't care too much for this short. There is just too much romance in it. Seeing the characters displaying love and affection toward each other gets rather syrupy for me.

From Brenda :

I love this short. It was being shown on an international flight and memories of my childhood came flooding back. Definitely a beautiful, loving classic.

From Jessie :

I love this short and have loved it since I was a kid. The best part is that all the animals couples mimic the human couple. When the girl gets upset in a huff, so do the animal girls, and the guys have to save them when they almost fall over the waterfall. Ah, so romantic. A charming little story.

From Cortney Bernier :

Fantastic, nostalgic, romantic snippet from our youth. My kids love it as much as I. Rate it a 10+.

From Baruch Weiss :

I own this short on "Melody Time." I don't care too much for it except for the music and the songs.

From Shea :

Ahh that brought back such dear wonderful memories. It was the only site I could find of it. Wonderful pictures and exact lyrics. I wish though that it had the music to go with it.

From Suzie :

I remember this from when I was in primary school, and now memories just flood back. This short is excellent! Overall I would have to give it 8 out of 10.

From Taylor Kerekes :

You know, I've always noticed that Joe looks like somewhat of an adult version of Peter from Peter and the Wolf. Maybe he's acting more mature, nowadays.

From Brent :

One of my all time favorite shorts - mostly because of the song sung so well by Frances Langford!

From Shanti Gonzales :

I have watched this short many, many times on the movie "Melody Time." I have fallen in love with it many times. I am going to sing the song in an audition and I hope it gets me the part. I trust this song.

From Angela :

I have this on A Walt Disney Christmas and I love it - and so does my 21 month old son who demands to see it every day!

From Steve F. :

I spent 30 minutes on the web trying to find out what this short was about - where, when, who. A beautiful story w/music to match. It looks new, sounds old, and both me (44 year old) and my 3 year old love it.

From Kari :

I absolutely love this short! I remember when I was little, going over to my grandma's house and watching this all the time! Now, about ten years later, this is still my favorite Disney short to watch. My favorite part is when the girl and the girl bunny wake up after being on the ice, and they kiss the boys, and it melts away the ice on their face. Very cute! I say 10 out of 10!

From Alicia :

As a child, I thought it was Peter all grown up with his girlfriend. This is such a cute short that I still love watching today.