I’m a Big Shot Now (1936)

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I’m a Big Shot Now is a 1936 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is such a fun cartoon.

This is as good as gangster flicks can get as I usually tend to dislike them. Now obviously it still has those annoying personalities such as its protagonist but even he has his moments and he is so well acted with a memorable voice. The plot is solid and the highlight is the ending which was so memorable and with an unforgettable final line of dialogue.

The score is solid, but it is the animation that shines here as the birds are so well designed and the film is very inventive in its action as those aviary forces are very well thought out. The final shootout is superb in its execution and it makes a somewhat slower first half worth watching. The Warner Bros. cartoons truly have improved a lot during this particular year.

I’m a Big Shot Now is slower at first, but much more memorable and exciting later on with great action and inventive animation.

My Rating – 4.2

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The Blow Out (1936)

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The Blow Out is a 1936 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a truly excellent cartoon.

This is the first solo Porky Pig outing and it is absolutely phenomenal. He sets out to pick dropped things for people on the street so he could get enough money to buy himself ice cream. The Mad Bomber arrives and sets the bomb which is in the alarm clock to destroy the building but Porky thinking it is just a clock picks it up and chases the Bomber to give it back to him. Eventually he inadvertently helps the police capture him and gets enough money to buy himself a lot of ice cream.

Yes, this plot is pretty simplistic, but so incredibly original that I wonder why they haven’t done it before. The juxtaposition of the bomber and Porky’s childlike persona definitely led to such a stellar film and a great scenario perfectly played out for laughs. I loved the voice of the bomber and the animation is pretty good as is the score. The film is funny, exciting and ultimately so well edited and executed.

The Blow Out is funny and original in plot with such fantastic Porky Pig leading to what is without a doubt the best Looney Tunes entry so far.

My Rating – 4.5

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The Fire Alarm (1936)

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The Fire Alarm is a 1936 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a typical, but solid entry.

It is the only cartoon starring Ham and Ex in the main roles whereas Beans is their uncle here. I can see why these two did not stick around as they are your regular troublemaking kids from the thirties and there’s just not a lot more to them. Beans is much better here, but even he isn’t all that memorable.

The Fire Alarm is an okay short, but definitely way too typical in premise and execution. Basically it is filled with Ham and Ex making trouble wherever they go and finally Beans spanks them in the end to teach them a lesson. That was also a typical ending, but it is the highlight nonetheless. This cartoon is solid, but not memorable and not funny at all.

The Fire Alarm is a passable diversion with typical plot and not that great use of its characters.

My Rating – 3.4

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Alpine Antics (1936)

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Alpine Antics is a 1936 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a solid, fun little flick.

It basically follows Beans as he is skiing in the Alps but a bully torments him. It is literally a Disney/Mickey Mouse film but with Looney Tunes characters which isn’t a bad thing, but I wasn’t thrilled with it either. The score was forgettable, but the animation is very good this time around though the character designs still need some work.

I liked the ending and some of the action was pretty good. But although quite fun, the film still could have been more entertaining given the premise. Beans is solid here and the villain is your typical 30s villain but that character is still fun. I really think that this is a traditional period for the series as the cartoons are improved in quality from the previous years but they still aren’t the classics that the future ones are going to be.

Alpine Antics is fun and likable, but unoriginal and mostly too typical to be memorable in the long run.

My Rating – 3.5

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Page Miss Glory (1936)

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Page Miss Glory is a 1936 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is such a good entry.

The story and the animation are where this movie shines as the characterization and humor are lacking. The main character is memorable and the girl of course is great, but the others are forgettable and the film lacks in terms of the humor as it is only really funny in the ending which was hilarious.

The plot where a teen bellhop awaits the arrival of the famous titular character and imagines that he is adult and that she is adult but she turns out to be a kid is great. The twist ending is terrific, the dream structure is so well utilized here and I just loved the setting of this cartoon as the hotel has been sparsely utilized before by Warner Bros. The animation is simply fantastic. Not only is it Technicolor, but it is so well designed in beautiful imagery filled with great world building and a great use of color.

Page Miss Glory is one of the best Merry Melodies so far thanks to artistic animation and such a good storyline.

My Rating – 4.3

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Boom Boom (1936)

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Boom Boom is a 1936 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is such a frenetic short.

As its title so accurately suggests, this is such a ridiculously fast paced and action oriented cartoon. There are bombs everywhere and the war scenes overtake most of its running time. The animation is nothing remarkable, but the sound effects are solid.

There are some fine moments between Porky Pig and Beans but the film doesn’t utilize on its characters all that well and it really took a while for them to use Porky to the fullest and best extent as evidenced by these cartoons. It truly is overly loud and fast and that I never really liked.

Boom Boom has its moments, but it mostly is filled with too much action and not enough substance.

My Rating – 3.4

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The Cat Came Back (1936)

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The Cat Came Back is a 1936 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is such a harmless, sweet flick.

Yes, The Cat Came Back is pretty unusual for the series for being a pretty childlike endeavor. But I liked that as it is pretty cute and endearing. The cats and mice each get taught by their mothers how to avoid others but eventually one mouse and one cat befriend each other. I liked the ending as it was happy for a moment until a mother cat remembered being punched by the mouse and returned the punch. That was quite funny.

The sewer scene is overlong and although the film is solid and fun, it should have had more humor in it. I also found its animation pretty weak per usual. The colors are spare and muted and the designs are ridiculous as the mice and cats share the same height which is just ludicrous. But the score is pretty good and catchy.

The Cat Came Back is weakly animated, but funny and charmingly endearing and childlike.

My Rating – 3.5

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The Phantom Ship (1936)

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The Phantom Ship is a 1936 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a solid entry.

It features a solid, but far from great use of Beans. He is a solid character, but I can definitely see why he never did stick around as he just isn’t all that memorable or interesting. This entire short is actually pretty interesting and adventurous in its quite intriguing setting which I really liked.

But it did not utilize on the setting properly and that was a shame. It is a sweet short, but not as fun or as exciting as it needed to have been. And the fact that The Phantom Ship is not really available for viewing is problematic. I only saw it with a very small video format and thus I cannot say whether the animation is great or not.

The Phantom Ship is a forgotten cartoon that is solid and adventurous, but far from great or fun.

My Rating – 3.4

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I Wanna Play House (1936)

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I Wanna Play House is a 1936 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is such a fun, amusing entry.

It follows two mischievous bear cubs who sneak away from their father to play hide and sneak. I have seen this type of animated short film before, but this one features a couple of great moments so it is pretty solid. The first half is not that memorable, but the last third or so is great and of course the highlight is the sequence in which the cub gets drunk. Very good stuff.

I just found the animation incredibly weak here. I think it is high time for Merry Melodies to start having great animation having in mind that this is 1936 we’re talking about, the year when Disney already had pretty great animation in their shorts. The score is also forgettable so it is technically an uninspired film.

I Wanna Play house is technically not great, but with good humor and characters leading to a solid first entry for 1936.

My Rating – 3.5

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Flowers for Madame (1935)

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Flowers for Madame is a 1935 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a dull short.

If I am going to watch and enjoy a flower-oriented short, then Disney’s ‘Flowers and Trees’ would suffice. This one is infinitely weaker in not that it is bad as it is cute and harmless, but it is so uninspired that it is one of the weakest Merry Melodies in quite a while now.

The reason why it disappointed me mostly likes in the technical presentation. When you’ve got nature in your film, you have to emphasize it properly and I am sorry, but this animation is not great. The score is solid as are the movements and designs, but the colors are muted and this time around you can definitely see why Technicolor is the best and it would have made this movie so much better.

Flowers for Madame surely is a very weak way to end the year of 1935 for the series with weak animation and plot.

My Rating – 3.2

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