Release date: September 5, 1931.
Series: Merrie Melodies.
Directed by: Rudolf Ising.
Producers: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising and Leon Schlesinger (associate).
Animation: Friz Freleng and Carmen "Max" Maxwell.
Musical Score by: Frank Marsales.
Well, this is the second Merrie Melodies in a row (as well as being the second ever Merry Melody), and it's also the second appearance that we see of Foxy and Roxy.
The cartoon starts off with Foxy on the number 13 trolley, and he sings the title song, Smile Darn Ya Smile in a happy attitude, and he rings the bell a couple of times, while singing the song. While he hits the bell, a cat behind the trolley uses it's tail to hit the bell a couple of times. I've noticed that Foxy's voice changes in this short, as it was a bit of a higher voice last time (with the line "Oh lady, play your mandolin!"), the voice actor here is unknown and I wonder if anyone else knows? Also the indicator on the trolley joins into the tune.
So, Foxy laughs at the burst hippo as he walks off, and so Foxy jumps back on the trolley, runs with it, and then jumps on top of the car with wheels and jumps back on, and he gets back on with his job.
The next trolley stop has Foxy's girlfriend Roxy who pops along and joins with Foxy on the trolley trip along and they start to sing the song Smile, Darn Ya, Smile as well - as a singing duet. But at first they meet it each other, they sing a well-known song Good Morning to You, and they even say a line to each other "I'm glad to see you," feels very soppy to my tastes.
There appears to be another dog in a billboard sign with the ad saying " Risk Tires", and laughs at the scene going on in the advertisements on their right, and then a skeleton from a grave in a billboard sign laughs at that as well, the slogon on that billboard said "Ask the guy who owns one!" Oh, I should point out that the billboard gags were by Bob Clampett, at least according to him in an interview by Michael Barrier and Milt Gray, and Clampett would've been 18 and his first screen credit as an animator didn't happen until 1934.
As Foxy thinks that time is wasting, and is asking for the cow to move, and as the cow won't move, he steps out and thinks of an idea and then his idea comes, and that is to move the trolley to step back, and then make a run up and dive under the cow, and then they make it - even though the cow walks away uninterested, which is an often repeated attitude in a Harman-Ising cartoon.
This cartoon was probably a better cartoon than Lady, Play Your Mandolin - it was actually a cartoon that I've heard of since I was 9 years of age, and I've always wanted to see that, and the Foxy cartoons - but it wasn't the best to my surprise when I did first see it. I've sort of always wanted to review this, and I have now.
I supposed that Harman-Ising had a directing habit of recycled animation, and it was part of the Great Depression where they saved money, and I guess some of it works and some of it doesn't work. The story has a similiar plot to shorts like Sinkin' in the Bathtub and Box Car Blues.