Friday, 11 November 2011
55. The Organ Grinder (1933)
Release date: April 8, 1i33.
Series: Merrie Melodies.
Directed by: Rudolf Ising.
Producers: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising and Leon Schlesinger.
Animation: Rollin Hamilton and Thomas McKimson.
Musical Score: Frank Marsales.
The monkey continues to keep on walking on, and then he finds a banana hanging around and he then he peels of the banana skin one side at a time, by zipping it down. Oh man, I wish I could a special type of banana that I could peel down.
The monkey jumps out of the underwear and holds onto a sock and suddenly the sock rips that causes the monkey to fall down. The monkey falls down from the ripped sock and lands on different awnings, and lands on a long piece of underwear, and comes out of the rear end. He returns the money to the grinder, and pats him for doing a good job.
The monkey then jumps over the mannequin and then he starts to play the harp (still wearing the Harpo Marx wig). The monkey (Tony) then pulls a string from the harp and he uses his tail to bounce like springs - okay, so that's an original gag. He entertains the children easily, and he then goes to a poster displayed of Laurel and Hardy, and he does a caricature of Stan Laurel at first, and then a caricature of Oliver Hardy. The caricatures are amusing, but I don't imagine Bob McKimson animated that - maybe Rollin Hamilton?
The next thing you know is that the monkey hasn't got a second piano with him this time is that (after the singing children) the monkey has a drum and a accordion, and playing the clarinet. He uses the accordion to move upwards to play some type of percussion, and then back down. He then uses a cat's tail as a double bass instrument, before the cat hisses away. Okay, we do see some monkey business entertainment, and the same cat from earlier on in that cartoon.
It's really hard to describe on how good this cartoon was or even on how boring it was. It certainly wasn't a bad cartoon, and it was hard to review it as there was not very much to go on about. It was just very ordinarily done, and yet again the animation is in good standards, with some fine gags - and no reuses. I can now see that Harman-Ising are in bigger budgets.