Streamlined Greta Green (1937)

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Streamlined Greta Green is a 1937 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a pretty interesting short.

This is a pretty unique premise for a Merry Melody as it concerns a little car who wants to become a taxi against his mother’s wishes. I don’t know why he would want to become a taxi and I thought he looked odd. The character design here is very original, but not really cute and the cars definitely look odd. And for a killer premise such as this one, they did not do a lot with it which was unfortunate.

But the film is still a whole lot of fun with memorable action scenes and such a cute protagonist at its center. The ending was not as memorable, but most of his misadventures were so entertaining and my favorite scene has to be the fuel scene with the fuel serving as alcohol in the world of cars. Very original.

Streamlined Greta Green has odd character design, but a likable main character and it’s a fun, interesting film.

My Rating – 3.7

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Porky’s Building (1937)

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Porky’s Building is a 1937 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a standard procedure.

Yes, this is a very forgettable short that is admittedly very well made, but not unlike a number of cartoons I’ve seen before. So it basically follows a building of a building competition and the outcome is expected. That ending was definitely fun, but cliched.

I liked some of the animation in here such as the buildings being built and growing, that was very competently done and the designs were solid. Porky Pig is not as memorable here, but he is still as likable and as heroic as usual. I found the first half of this cartoon entirely uninspired and dull, but the second half is entertaining and more memorable. But still it remains unoriginal.

Porky’s Building is well animated, but very typical and unoriginal in terms of storytelling.

My Rating – 3.4

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Uncle Tom’s Bungalow (1937)

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Uncle Tom’s Bungalow is a 1937 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is an okay film.

This Merry Melody is pretty much a parody of ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’, but I haven’t read that book so I cannot comment upon whether or not it succeeds as a strong parody. It is another “racist” cartoon and again only the design is racist and the film itself is not. It is pretty much on par with previously released ‘Clean Pastures’ both in terms of the content and the quality.

I found the film to be solid, fun and with a particularly amusing, really well designed and goofy villain. He is most certainly the highlight in a short which is otherwise quite bland, badly edited and with an overly extensive use of narration that I found quite frustrating. The characters are fun, but the pacing is frenetic and the film should have been funnier.

Uncle Tom’s Bungalow is another short from the Censored Eleven with a solid villain, but dull narration.

My Rating – 3.3

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Clean Pastures (1937)

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Clean Pastures is a 1937 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is an infamous, controversial film.

I am not an African American so maybe I am not competent to write about this film, but I will do my best. So basically this film portrays black musicians who eventually go to heaven where jazz is accepted. I guess that is the plot in a nutshell and it angered so many people that it is now one of the Censored Eleven from Warner Bros.

I personally disagree with the notion that this film is so extremely racist. Certainly the character designs with big lips and everything are just horrible, but this is actually a major improvement over the previous Merry Melodies as black people and their culture I felt were celebrated here and the fact that they go to heaven is admirable. That is why the film honestly contains more positive than negative aspects about black culture and the PC-obsessed world now faults it too much. But as for the movie itself, it is okay, nothing too remarkable. The animation and the music are solid, but the characters are forgettable.

Clean Pastures is an infamous film which is not really all that racist when you think about it. It has a solid plot, but forgettable characters.

My Rating – 3.3

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Porky and Gabby (1937)

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Porky and Gabby is a 1937 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a very forgettable short.

This entry introduces Gabby the goat and I honestly do not know what to think about this character. The voice is too angry, harsh and just sounds off with the design of the character which is honestly pretty cute and appealing. It was interesting seeing these two friends on a camping adventure, but the film did not do anything for me.

I liked that “on the road” storyline approach but it wasn’t utilized the most and not even properly as the film is forgettable and not really engaging. The score is also unremarkable and only the animation is excellent, especially the character design which is very good.

Porky and Gabby is very well animated, but weakly plotted and with troublesome Gabby.

My Rating – 3.3

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Ain’t We Got Fun (1937)

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Ain’t We Got Fun is a 1937 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a pretty sweet flick.

Ain’t We Got Fun is different than most cat and mice cartoons in that the roles are reversed and the cat is the hero here and the mice are very much portrayed as the villains. That was quite interesting. I really liked this story, especially the beginning and that funny ending. The cat is a good hero and of cours the old grandpa is quite memorable and really well animated.

The animation truly is terrific here with good colors and superb designs for the most part. Very polished, especially for its time. But the score is very forgettable unfortunately. The biggest problem, however, are the mice which are just not as memorable as the cat and his owner and I have to say that the middle section dragged quite a bit and was quite dull.

Ain’t We Got Fun is slow and overlong, but definitely interesting and refreshing in its different angle on the regular cat and mice cartoon storyline.

My Rating – 3.8

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Porky’s Duck Hunt (1937)

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Porky’s Duck Hunt is a 1937 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a very important short.

Yes, this is the very first appearance of one of the series’ biggest stars – Daffy Duck! I am so glad to finally see him appear and I am looking forward to him taking the center stage much more in the future. This time around, his design isn’t yet established and the overall character design is lacking here, though the animation is quite good. The film isn’t hilarious, but it is pretty funny.

It has a couple of very memorable gags such as the gunshot at the end which was so interesting. Daffy himself is so crazy here and for a series called Looney Tunes, we haven’t really seen anyone who is crazy before and finally we do as this duck is super crazy which was funny to witness. His voice is great and this is also important for being the first Mel Blanc’s cartoon and he is going to voice Porky Pig from now on. Awesome.

Porky’s Duck Hunt is hugely entertaining and sometimes quite funny with great gags and it is a great introduction to crazy Daffy Duck.

My Rating – 4.3

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She Was an Acrobat’s Daughter (1937)

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She Was an Acrobat’s Daughter is a 1937 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a pretty fun flick.

This short is very much of its time which can be a hurdle for some viewers, but because I like 1930s movies, I’ve had a fun time watching it. It basically parodies a movie-going experience and what it was like going to a movie theatre back in the day. Some of the segments in the first half weren’t as memorable, but the second half was superb.

The movie has too much going in it, but mostly it does those segments right. The one with the sing-along was a lot of fun as the titular song is very catchy, but the highlight is of course the final segment. It parodied that Bette Davis flick so well and how the sound quality was very poor in the 30s. I loved that duck child who constantly asked his father questions about the movie. That was a very realistic portrayal of annoying children in cinema and very funny.

She Was an Acrobat’s Daughter is uneven, but honestly a lot of fun as it painted the picture of going to a 30s movie theatre so hilariously.

My Rating – 3.9

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Porky’s Romance (1937)

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Porky’s Romance is a 1937 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a very competent entry.

Now again we’ve seen something like this before. Not only this bad romance and a horrible love interest but also the employment of the extended dream sequence so the movie is not original. But it is so well made that it is still one of the best Looney Tunes so far. So Porky is in love with Petunia, but she is horrible to him and once he tries to hang himself (yes, a very dark turn!), he enters a dream where he sees how horribly she would treat him if they ended up together so he runs away from her after waking up.

I also loved that he punched that awful dog. He was incredibly mean and bad to Porky and he deserved it and it was so funny seeing him get punched. The movie is very mean spirited toward Porky and the whole candy plot point is very unfortunate when it comes to him. But still it works as you thus root for him much more. I would like to see Petunia back as she was quite memorable here. The animation is also very good.

Porky’s Romance is dark, but quite funny at times, very well animated and with a really well told story.

My Rating – 4.2

 

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The Fella with a Fiddle (1937)

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The Fella with a Fiddle is a 1937 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a pretty solid, interesting flick.

Yes, this cartoon is actually quite interesting and refreshing for featuring a more realistic storytelling figure. The grandfather tells his tale about the dangers of greed to his grandchildren, but eventually in the end it is revealed that he pretty much lied and manufactured most of the story.

That is realistic as most parents and grandparents do that. He is still caring for them, but he is just not telling the truth. The short should have been more entertaining and better animated and scored, but the characters are a lot of fun, I liked the message and the grandfather steals the show as he is such a memorable, different than usual cartoon character.

The Fella with a Fiddle is technically weaker, but with an interesting story and a refreshing main character.

My Rating – 3.8

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