Hobo Gadget Band Review
Hobo Gadget Band is a 1939 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a very weak short.
As the title so clearly suggests, in this film we follow a group of hobos singing and dancing together on the street. That’s it. There is no story or message or inspired ideas here whatsoever albeit I really liked the animation and the character design of all the hobos. The music is also pretty solid and the film has its fair share of charming moments.
But the gags are almost non-existent, at least I never found any. I never laughed once and it is a bore to sit through. It is one of those musical shorts from the first half of the thirties and I do wonder why they are still continuing to make this kind of film from time to time when they are obviously much better suited for gag comedies.
Hobo Gadget Band is charming and well animated, but a dull, pointless musical which is too old-fashioned and unfunny.