Cartoon Classics

173. CARTOON CLASSICS #4 (1929-1942.USA). Eight cartoon favorites with PORKY PIG, BOSKO, FARMER AL FALFA and others. They donÕt make ’em like this anymore. So turn Off those Saturday morning so-called cartoons, and return to the days when animation was really animated!
1. BIG MAN FROM THE NORTH (1930). Warner Brothers. Directed by ISADORE (FRIZ) FRELENG and ROBERT EDMUNDS. Bosko the lovable little fellow Of early Looney Tunes fame, is sent by the Royal Mounted Police Dog to capture a wanted man. He goes to a rowdy saloon, where he sings, plays the piano, and battles his vicious foe in a blazing climax.
2. I LOVE A PARADE (1933). Warner Brothers. Join a lively circus, where an odd assortment Of animals play instruments and sing the title song. There’s a Mickey Mouse look-alike, a lion who plays a drum (which is inside a dog’s stomach), a rubber man who turns into a tire, a skinny man from India who resembles Gandhi, and hippo Siamese twins! A clever and delightful ‘Merrie Melody.”
2. EATIN’ ON THE CUFF or THE MOTH WHO CAME TO DINNER (1942). Warner Brothers. Directed by ROBERT CLAMPETT. Definitely bizarre, even by the usually wacky Clampett standards. On the way to his wedding, a moth takes a detour, and eats all clothing in sight. Then he’s chased and trapped by a man-hungry black widow spider (disguised as Veronica Lake). But the moth’s bride, a cute but powerful bee, comes to the rescue. The moth eventually devours the trousers Of the real-life pianist-singer who’s been telling us the story!
3. PORKY’S PASTRY PIRATES (1942). Warner Brothers. Directed by I. (FRIZ) FRELENG. In this fabulous Freleng frolic, a fly and his tutor, a bee (sounding like James Cagney), invade Porky Pig’s bakery and make a disaster area out Of the cakes and pies-until Porky restores order with his trusty fly swatter! A looney Looney Tune!
4. IN MY MERRY OLDSMOBILE (1932). A MAX FLEISCHER cartoon. A voyeur watches a lady undressing (all in harmless fun, Of course), then asks her-via song-to “Come away with me, Lucille, in my merry Oldsmobile.” She refuses, then takes a ride in a nicer fellow’s car. This turns into a bouncing-ball sing-a-long over live-action footage Of vintage autos, (hen back into a cartoon, with the characters dancing on top Of the printed lyrics. Whimsical and wonderful! Filmed in cooperation with the Olds Motor Works!
5. COBWEB HOTEL (1936). A MAX FLEISCHER cartoon. This horror classic features an appealingly hideous spider, who sings “Spend the night at the Cobweb Hotel’ (sounds a lot like Tm Popeye the Sailor Man”) and lures two honeymooning flies into his web. The wife manages to free the hotel’s trapped residents, who go after the spider with a vengeance!
6. THE BARNYARD MELODY (1929). A Van Beuren “Aesop’s Sound Fable.” Directed by JOHN FOSTER and HARRY BAILEY. A true gem from the early sound era. Made by PAUL TERRY’S former staff members shortly after Terry had departed from Van Beuren, it retains his original “Aesop’s Fable” concept, his animation style, and his characters, including Farmer Al Falfa. Lots Of lively action, as a cat and a mouse (another Mickey look-a-like) constantly aggravate the farmer. (The cat plays “Swanee River” by pushing and pulling parts Of the old man’s face.) Al Falfa and various barnyard animals join together for a rousing, noisy bagpipe Finale!
CANDY TOWN (SILVER MOON) 0933). A romantic pair Of cats, boat riding “On Moonlight Bay/step right into the moon’s mouth and enter a wondrous land filled with cakes, ice cream cones and candy. They frolic in the desserts until they’re chased by a determined bottle Of castor oil and his spoon companion! 55 minutes total. Cartoons