Release date: December 26, 1931.
Series: Merrie Melodies.
Directed by: Rudolf Ising.
Producers: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising and Leon Schlesinger (associate).
Animation: Rollin Hamilton and Carmen "Max" Maxwell.
Musical Score by: Frank Marsales.
Toy soldier Napoleon and his soldiers march along, Napoleon spots the red-headed doll, and it comes love at first sight. They start to the sing the title song in duet, and Napoleon sings the verse, "Oh red-headed baby, be mine". Suddenly, a jack-in-the-box pops out and sings a verse, Napoleon brings out his novelty gun; in which he shoots the cork out that hits the jack-in-the-box and he falls back into his box. Everyone cheers at the singing duets, with confetti flying around, but those "see/hear/speak-no-evil" monkeys on the shelve don't appreciate their music.
Napoleon and the spider continue to fight with sword, but Napoleon discovers a jack-in-the-box right in front of him, he uses his sword to open it, Jack zooms out and bashes the spider in the face! Napoleon is then hit by a building block, that crushes him. The red headed dolly comes up to Napoleon panicking, and worrying about him. She cries, "Napoleon, Oh Napoleon! Speak to me, speak to me!" She EVEN breaks the fourth wall, by shouting "Is there a doctor in the audience?" Which is common in a lot of cartoons, so it's obviously not unusual to appear in this cartoon.
The spider gets knocked out of the tunnel from the train set, and he ends up hanging onto a balloon. A candle bit touches the spider in the buttocks. Napoleon loads a cannon with a cork that flies out, bursts the balloon, and the spider falls down as if he's going to crash. MAY DAY!
The cartoon ends with Santa stepping out of his bedroom door, shouts "Yipee!" - and that's all folks.
This wasn't a too bad cartoon to watch, and also not a great cartoon to watch. The Bosko cartoons in 1932 (in my opinion become better), but after watching them in 1933, I got bored and desperately wanted to move to Buddy. It seems that Harman-Ising had a lot of cartoons where villains steal the hero's loved ones. I've noticed that in a lot of their shorts, and even some Buddy ones. That's the 1931 cartoons finished, and I'm now onto the 1932 cartoons to watch.