Saturday, 1 October 2011
38. I Love a Parade (1932)
Release date: August 6, 1932.
Series: Merrie Melodies.
Directed by: Rudolf Ising.
Producers: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising and Leon Schlesinger (associate).
Animation: Rollin Hamilton and Thomas McKimson.
Musical Score: Frank Marsales.
A gag in this part that I do particularly like is a lion growling in a cage, and there is a roustabout riding the cage. As the cage goes under a tunnel, the lion is riding the cage, and the roustabout is trapped in bars. That was pretty funny - it seems that the lion has achieved his plan silently. There are other lions in cages, and there is one in which monkeys use as a skip rope. There are pachyderms walking through the scene during the song, and a janitor crow hears them chant I love a parade. The crow replies "Oh yeah?" and gets on with his job.
The ringmaster announces some more shows such as these Siamese pigs that smoke cigars. One pig inhales a cigar, and the other Siamese pig breathes out the smoke. Come to think of it, you don't inhale cigars; you just puff them.
There is also a hippo dancing in a hula costume dancing to music. A mouse comes out of a box with a party favor. As the mouse blows it; the hippo can feel the ticklishness favor and she giggles. She accuses the muscly man as the person responsible, so she whacks him on the face. The man is all weary and his tattoo off a ship suddenly sinks. That gag was reused from Big-Hearted Bosko but the reuse isn't too harmful, as it works with his range of tattoos.
So far, I must say that these "shows" being shown at the circus are quite entertaining to watch, even though that there very well may have "racist tendencies", such as Indian people that seem to be mainly featured as shows, and an African tribe shown as well. The tattoo sketch was very good though.
This cartoon was interesting to watch in it's ways, it wasn't a bad cartoon, but it was above average in the usual mediocre Harman-Ising cartoons in that era. The shows that were seen in the circus were in fact entertaining, and it's like watching the circus show. However, watching the tattoo scenes were a bit exaggerated in the shot (like the ship sinking in the tattooed chest). The animation was reused a couple of times, but they didn't really put me off badly, but the reuses still weren't really special. It was an entertaining cartoon, with a couple of great gags, a great song but that's all I can say about it. It wasn't a bad cartoon, and it does work well in its ways. Sorry about the distracting Cartoon Network that appears -but it's the only copy I was able to get hold of.