Hiya folks - I know that it's been two weeks since I was last available in the blogsphere. I've been away on a cruise in the past week, and at Sayer's Croft before that. There was no internet Wi-Fi, and I had to survive a week. Anyhow, I managed to visit many interesting places around France and Spain. I also got to watch more Looney Tunes cartoons in my DVD player when I recieved the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 1 on DVD from my older sister. While I came back, I saw some feedback on my new blog at the forums and I enjoyed them very much. In the meantime, as a comeback - here is a new short to review, Ain't Nature Grand.
Release date: March 1931.
Directors: Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising.
Producers: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising and Leon Schlesinger (associate).
Starring: Johnny Murray (Bosko).
Animation: Isadore "Friz" Freleng and Norm Blackburn.
Musical Score by: Frank Marsales.
This cartoon is another type of "singing and dancing short", where the location is at a riverbank, and Bosko fishes while performing his melodies with the frogs, fishes, and other pond creatures. I've sort of categorized the shorts in ways: like there's a "singing and dancing" short, a plot with a story, and a "climax" short - involving actions and story peaks.
So, as Bosko arrives at the site where he wants to fish, (hence the fact that the sign says "No Fishing") and Bosko takes no notice of the sign. He pulls out a can of worms out of his pants - in which he's going to use them as bait. As the worm cries and screeches for mercy, and Bosko doesn't pin the worm into the hook as he was about to. Considering him being an animal lover, he lets the little worm go freely and do what the worm wishes.
So, the worm laughs and the crow puts on the remaining feathers back on like as if we put on a jacket. That's one of the many Harman-Ising gags in this era that has been repeated. So the crow walks off, in an attitude like "Alright, you win this time."
So, Bosko dances with the frogs in a merry way, and I must say that I do enjoy the timing here. The scene of Bosko and the frogs dancing is fairly memorable and the animation of Bosko is quite appealing. I also find the other gags funny like when the mother spider, sits on top of a flower, and her legs grow, and the little spiders grab onto a leg each, and run around like it's May Day.
So, they managed to hit Bosko on hit with the stone, and then they start to fly down and shoot at Bosko. Bosko is screaming and in panic. The timing and movement of Bosko screaming in pain is not very good and quite clumsy, but the pose I frame-grabbed is good and expressive. So, Bosko sees a nearby fountain, and hides under there as the beetles are looking around for him, then they give up and fly away, and Bosko pops back up, and that's all folks.
There's not really too much to explain in this cartoon except that it's another singing and dancing. We see that in this cartoon that Bosko is an animal lover to other animals, he's not catching fishes to cook them or collect them, he's petting them - well, he didn't realize that fishes don't survive on air. Also, talking of "animal lover" - he didn't seem friendly to his dog and asks his dog to leave. Either because Bosko wanted some peace and quiet instead of barking, or that he wanted to be alone for the day and not have anything ruined by a dog. There isn't really much extreme gags here that I have to brag on about, but more or less - this is a harmless cartoon.
That's as much as I can say in this review, and stay tuned for more as I'm back again.