Release date: May 13, 1933.
Series: Merrie Melodies.
Directed by: Rudolf Ising.
Producers: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising and Leon Schlesinger.
Animation: Isadore "Friz" Freleng and Larry Silverman.
Musical Score: Frank Marsales.
I first saw this cartoon when I was about 10 years old, when it used to be on YouTube for a very long time, I quit liked that cartoon - and now I'm going to be reviewing it.
We then see a Russian singer who is playing pan-pipes, and behind him is another man who is shorter, and then another man (shorter), and the last comes behind his back (shortest). Both those men all line up together (smallest to tallest) and they are singing the title song, Wake Up the Gypsy in Me. As soon as a dog comes onto the stage, a dog comes up and barks in which their Russian hats are revealed as cats hissing that scare the dog away.
Rice Puddin' continues to cheat at his jigsaw puzzle game as he finds another piece that won't even fit into the puzzle, and the monk throws it to the ground in a rather frustrated attitude. He finds a picture of a King tied to the wall (King of Russia??) and he cuts his face and places it at the back end of the donkey which fits perfectly, and laughs since he is meant to be a "jackass". He then grabs out a pair of binoculars to look at the village people, and mutters "Bah! the fools", and he is watching his people mainly dancing and singing, and he spots a gypsy dancing with her tambourine.
The guard then walks in holding onto the gypsy girl. The monk then presses a button in which there is a trap floor that causes the guard to fall. The monk then says "Give old maestro big kiss, eh?" which scares the young girl and ignores him by shouting "Pooh pooh.
Rice Puddin' (Rasputin) runs out of his palace and lands onto a horse that rides along fast. All the group of crowds are catching up to him and are running at his speed. One of the Russians place a bomb on his pants, and Rice Puddin' then pulls his horse's tail that causes him to fly with his ears like a helicopter. He laughs until he finds a bomb that was placed to his pants, which explodes and then we see Rice Puddin's reaction after the explosion - and that's all folks.
Well, this has been a while since I saw this as a child, but it all has been very interesting to watch again. It showed a good part of history, which was probably the very start of the Russian Revolution. Of course, I've never studied about that in my school, and I vaguely know the concept. I don't think it started off with a monk trying to capture a gypsy, but I understood the whole concept when I read the book Animal Farm a few years back, when it was based on animals. Overall, I quite enjoyed this cartoon and it was interesting to watch.