Saturday, 10 September 2011
29. Crosby, Columbo and Vallee (1932)
Release date: March 19, 1932.
Series: Merrie Melodies.
Directed by: Rudolf Ising.
Producers: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising and Leon Schlesinger.
Animation: Rollin Hamilton and Carmen "Max" Maxwell.
Musical Score by: Frank Marsales.
The Indian boy was paddling to a tepee in which appears to be that it's the boy's girlfriend's residence, Minniehaha (it was mentioned in an 1855 poem by Longfellow). The Indian boy brings out a radio set, for his girlfriend and himself to dance along to the music.
The Indian boy asks for a spider to operate the radio to play the music and it works. So the singing and dancing start, with the Indian boy starting off the introduction with dancing, then the Indian girl takes over with the singing. I really dislike the falsetto voice for the Indian girl there, it just doesn't suit my needs, but I can tell that it's the same voice actress who voices Roxy in the Foxy cartoons, but is unknown. We also appear to hear Bing Crosby's voice off-screen and from nowhere singing "Many Happy Returns of the Day", as the Indian girl places her hand by her ear. Oh my, NOW I can tell the styles of them - the Indian girl has a skirt on, while the boy wears shorts - DUH! We also have animals that dance to the music, which sort of remind me of the Disney cartoons.
I have to say that I find this short VERY confusing because it somehow has songs being sung by Crosby and Vallee, but I don't really get the whole idea of this story.
So, let me try and explain this, the music is very infectious that the flames start dancing, and yet it starts a whole idea. That doesn't even make sense, you can't get a fire going from infectious music (well, none that's even possible to happen). Yes, yes - I know that this is a 1932 cartoon, but the short is so far very confusing and I can't understand it, except that there is a plot going on with the flames spreading.
One word that I have to describe about this cartoon is in fact "confusing". Yes, seriously - I couldn't really understand the whole cartoon (before the flames start to spread), and the title for the short vaguely reminds me of a spoof for Bing Crosby, Russ Columbo and Rudy Vallee. I just couldn't understand it very well, because of the fact that the short couldn't be about the celebrities, and yet set in Native America. So, I found this one quite difficult to review it through. I just can't understand about the flames spreading because the music was "infectious".