Buddy’s Garage (1934)

Buddy's Garage Review

Buddy’s Garage Review

Buddy’s Garage is a 1934 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is definitely one of the weakest Buddy shorts so far.

There is honestly nothing truly original or interesting to be had here as everything is either rehashed or entirely dull. This film is one of the most boring in the series so far, it really is. I was bored, I thought its characters weren’t particularly well utilized and the overall plot and especially action felt incredibly subpar.

It certainly has its moments with the first half being miles better from the second one where the villain just stumbled across stupidly. I liked the dog a lot here and he was very amusing and that bee provided a couple of interesting, memorable gags. The setting is pretty solidly utilized at first and unfortunately not as greatly in its second half. If it remained solid as it was in its first half, it would have been a much better film.

Buddy’s Garage has its good moments near the beginning, but it afterwards delves into typical plotting and action.

My Rating – 3.3

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Buddy’s Trolley Troubles (1934)

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Buddy’s Trolley Troubles is a 1934 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a weak Buddy offering.

The railway setting is overused by now within Looney Tunes and here we do not get to see anything new. Even the characters are forgettable as the villain is typical and Buddy and Cookie aren’t memorable at all. The entire first half is so uneventful, dull and familiar.

But the second half is definitely much better as it features pretty solid action. I liked the trolley chase quite a bit and I especially loved how Buddy defeated the villain and saved Cookie. Those action scenes were surprisingly well thought out and executed and I wish the whole entry was like that. The ending itself is also solid, though I do not see the point of the arriving pigs at all.

Buddy’s Trolley Troubles is familiar in setting and weak in first half, but pretty solid in second half with a couple of memorable action sequences.

My Rating – 3.3

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Goin’ to Heaven on a Mule (1934)

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Goin’ to Heaven on a Mule is a 1934 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a film that had huge potential, but was executed weakly.

The execution is all wrong here. The film features interesting characters and setting. The ending is just so great and I loved its imagery, it was very interesting to witness and unique. However, the movie should have used that premise much more. In my opinion, the man should have gone to Hades and we should have seen that a bit before he woke up.

This way he woke up at the worst moment possible. Now I know that this is how dreams work, but I do not expect realism in a cartoon. Another thing that I disliked is the character design. The protagonist is very likable, but the design is just so stereotypical and offence that it hurts the movie in the long run.

Goin’ to Heaven on a Mule definitely has an interesting premise and a great ending, but the execution is weak with a wrong emphasis and offensive character design.

My Rating – 3.3

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Rhythm in the Bow (1934)

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 Rhythm in the Bow is a 1934 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a very forgettable entry.

This is a very dull short. This is famous for being the last black-and-white Merry Melody and that is the only distinction that it has as it is otherwise a very forgettable entry that doesn’t have anything interesting about it. The animation is solid with some good imagery and the score is pretty good, although repetitive and used too often in the movie.

Rhythm in the Bow has its good moments. The dog sequence is the best and I really liked that dog. A very interesting and cute scene. But most of this cartoon is too uneventful and way too typical to be remembered. Even its different than usual protagonist ended up being underdeveloped and tedious.

Rhythm in the Bow is a pretty standard Merry Melody of this period with nothing original to offer.

My Rating – 3.3

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Beau Bosko (1933)

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 Beau Bosko is a 1933 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a very weak, typical entry.

Beau Bosko is the kind of Looney Tune which easily could have been great had they paid more attention. I liked its Middle Eastern setting and the animation was fine. Some moments were also pretty good and the score was okay. But the plot itself is as basic as they come and both Bosko and Honey are underutilized here.

But there are too many Middle Eastern stereotypes in this film making it feel dated and quite of its time period. Overall, all of those supporting characters are weakly used and all are forgettable. The film lacks focus as it doesn’t know whether to focus on the supporting characters or on the Bosko/Honey duo and thus it ended up being highly uneven.

Beau Bosko is interesting, but weakly made, so-so edited and with a lack of focus or a strong plot.

 My Rating – 3.3

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Shake Your Powder Off (1934)

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 Shake Your Powder Off is a 1934 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a very good, funny entry.

This film is by far the best Merry Melody of this period as I do not remember the last time I’ve had such a great time watching a Merry Melody, certainly not from the year of 1934. The plot is so good. A bunch of animals throw a singing competition in a barn. That premise is very similar to Illumination Entertainment’s ‘Sing’ which was interesting to see.

Now the short isn’t great as it could have used a bigger running time, more gags and more memorable characters, but the conflict with the dog in the third act is very well executed and funny. That moment where the birds got their feathers off was hilarious. Another funny and inventive moment was when we see the seating of all the animals and that the ducks got special seating in water. So funny and clever. The entire short has great music and is a lot of fun to watch.

Shake Your Powder Off is one of the best Merry Melodies of its time thanks to a great high-concept idea and a couple of great gags.

 My Rating – 3.9

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Honeymoon Hotel (1934)

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Honeymoon Hotel is a 1934 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is an amazing, the best entry so far.

Yes, Honeymoon Hotel is that good, to me it is an absolute classic and I did not expect that. And I have to say that my high opinion of the movie has nothing to do with it being the first ever color Merry Melody because that is probably its weakest aspect. It is solid and pleasing, but Cinecolor just isn’t Technicolor and the quality is noticeable.

Even though the two bugs are typically designed, they are a lovable duo. The premise where we follow the two check into a hotel and cannot get privacy until they set the entire hotel on fire and finally can be alone is just ingenious. The humor here is absolutely fantastic and it made me chuckle more than a couple of times with its very suggestive sexual lines and winks. So good. But the music is also terrific, I loved how the entire hotel looked and was utilized and all of its characters were terrific with that caterpillar attendant being quite unique and a lot of fun. The doors hiding their doorknobs so that people won’t peak is the most inventive part here. The entire short is so unique that it blew me away.

Honeymoon Hotel is a phenomenal Merry Melody which is the best one yet due to colorful characters, suggestive and great humor and such a fantastic plot.

 My Rating – 4.5

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The Girl at the Ironing Board (1934)

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The Girl at the Ironing Board is a 1934 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a very charming, albeit slight entry.

This Merry Melody features a man and a woman falling in love at the laundry room. And their two clothes start dancing together as well. So naturally this is one of those Merry Melodies that heavily rely on music and surely the dance sequences here overwhelm. The entire second half is too musically oriented in my opinion and the first half was much better.

Yes, I loved everything about that first half. That clothes development was fitting to the plot and quite effervescent. That was obvious Merry Melody stuff, but in a good way. I also really liked the animation and the designs plus the score is very good with that opening titular song being quite catchy. The short is quite romantic.

The Girl at the Ironing Board features a weaker second half, but the first one is a lot of fun and very charming.

 My Rating – 3.5

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Why Do I Dream Those Dreams (1934)

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 Why Do I Dream Those Dreams is a 1934 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a charming flick.

So this entire dream structure of the short has been seen before in the Merry Melodies series and nothing here is particularly original. The humor is also non-existent and the film isn’t at all memorable. But it is still solid owing to its ending in particular which is rather sweet in its imagery and happy conclusion.

I liked the score as well as it is very upbeat and a lot of fun. I thought that the first half wasn’t the greatest, but the second half is pretty good and much more memorable. Why Do I Dream Those Dreams isn’t an inspired Merry Melody, but it is better than most of its type and it is quite satisfactory.

Why Do I Dream Those Dreams has a typical structure, but a good ending and such a fun musical score.

 My Rating – 3.4

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Buddy’s Bearcats (1934)

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 Buddy’s Bearcats is a 1934 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a typically dull sports flick.

Buddy plays baseball here and needless to say I was bored a lot as I hate sports and I particularly do not care for this ridiculous sport. To me the short is well animated, but the score is forgettable and the action on screen is not at all memorable too. Cookie has blonde hair here for some reason and Buddy is totally forgettable and uninteresting.

It does have a couple of good, solid gags in the first third, but that was just not enough. The game was tedious and the stadium setting should have been utilized more. In terms of humor, characterization and of course plot, this Looney Tunes entry fails in my opinion and is one of the weakest so far.

Apart from a couple of decent gags, Buddy’s Bearcats doesn’t have a whole lot to offer. It is a boring, weak baseball entry.

My Rating – 3.1

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