Second of the post today - and there is a particular part in that short that really bothers me as I will go on in the review - here is Ups 'n Downs.
Release date: March 1931.
Directors: Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising.
Producers: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising and Leon Schlesinger (associate).
Starring: Johnny Murray (Bosko).
Animation: Rollin Hamilton and Paul Smith.
Musical Score: Frank Marsales.
This short is sort of a story-type short, and there is a bit of a climax there towards the end. Although, there is certainly some bizarre stuff in there, one very bizarre one in particular. Read on...
There are also other animals that notice the carnival, and even an ostrich who is standing behind a fence with a "Race" advertisement poster hanging on. The ostrich is very Donald Duck sound-like and also a group of mice use their slingshots to tease the ostrich.
So, Bosko realizes that he's late for the race, and he fixes the horse machine, adjusting the seat so he can sit properly and then it gallops onto the racetrack. In the meantime, Bosko has a rival who appears to be a Mafia type looking jockey on his horse - laughs at Bosko's machinery horse that is shaking, and Bosko blows raspberries back at him in vengeance.
While he is still racing, he encounters his enemy, who is on the horse and even his rival throws a hand grenade at Bosko, which causes him and the horse to explode into pieces, and the pieces join back again. That is quite neat timing there, I have to say. Bosko tries everything to win the race and not get defeated by his rival, and even if it involves him cheating by running on the ground and holding onto the horse.
This cartoon isn't really much "singing and dancing" here, as I do categorize the shorts in that era. It's more of a plot with a story. The first few minutes concentrates on nothing in the story, and then there is finally a story where it involves a horse race, and there are a few climaxes in there. Despite the fact that there is a creepy part with the "hot dog", the cartoon wasn't too bad I have to say - more or less - a bit bland.