Warner cartoon no. 52.
Release date: March 4, 1933.
Series: Merrie Melodies.
Directed by: Rudolf Ising.
Producers: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising and Leon Schlesinger.
Animation: Rollin Hamilton and Larry Martin.
Musical Score: Frank Marsales.
We then truck in to finally see the fat, pompous king. The crowd cheer on the king, but the king doesn't appreciate his people cheering on him, as he's a very grumpy king. I really like that walk-cycle for the king, as he moves one one leg in front, and then places his other leg to the other - it really gives that king personality and character.
The queen then tries to wake up the King, as she is singing to him, and mutters "Time flies" to him. The King reponses by singing Let's Put Out the Lights and Go to Sleep. Jimmy comes out of the box and says to the Queen, "Let's put out the lights and go to sleep", in which the Queen responds by smacking him. Jimmy comes out of the box shouting his phrase "I'm mortified, Am I mortified?" and then dies. The King walks off wailing at his broken Jimmy Durante-in-a-box, and he walks to the balcony bawling.
I must say that this was indeed a great cartoon, with great characters and even a plot. The music was very good, and the King certainly had a lot of personality. Of course, many of the Merrie Melodies cartoons were just nothing special and they were just singing-and-dancing, but those cartoons weren't just singing and dancing and they really did fit the story well. One of the best written Merrie Melodies cartoon AT ITS TIME.