Release date: June 10, 1933.
Series: Merrie Melodies.
Directed by: Rudolf Ising.
Producers: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising and Leon Schlesinger.
Animation: Isadore "Friz" Freleng and Larry Martin.
Musical Score: Frank Marsales.
They grab out some instruments (barn instruments) and they play the music, with the main cowboy dancing. The main cowboy is more of ice-skating on top of a fish tank, but as soon as he spins in a circle, it forms into a hole and lands in a display of perfume, in which the pistols get infected with the scent. One of the band players who is playing the accordion then rides it like riding a horse (not much related to horse - but the gag works in its ways). After it is finished, all the other figures from different magazines cheer for the music.
Then we see a shot of Will Rogers strolling along looking at different magazine covers, and reads one dated "October 1929" which was the start of the Great Depression - and out of the cashier he places a "No Sale" tag on it - which is part of the joke. Rogers was a cowboy, comedian and humourist back in that era, but died in 1935. Rogers then states, "All I know is what I read in papers", which is meant to be a one-liner and the babies from a baby magazine Bigger and Better Babies all clap.
We then see a magazine titled, Travel Magazine in which there is a yokel from the mountain who is leaping and jumping through cliff to cliff. Then there is a woman stepping out of a magazine cover titled College Rumor and they are singing the title song, as the yodeler joins in as well. Then we see a magazine cover with a caricature of Ed Wynn, but the parody name is "Ed Vinn" - more cheering from various magazine figures continue.
One of the thugs "shushes" the mugs as he is plotting something. He places a "lighter fluid" inside a spray bottle, lights a match and uses it as a torch to open the cash register to steal money. The detectives are on the way investigating still, and the thugs are taking coins out to steal them.
Ping Pong then chases the mug, rather grizzily and determined to eat him. The thug hides inside a glass trying to protect himself, but the gorilla pulls down a tap that is labelled "Razz Berry", in which a tongue comes out and raspberries at the mug. All of the crowd cheer again - and that's all folks.
This cartoon was very fine to me, it was a great way to show different genres and culture through magazines, as it had everyone's appeal. The story was well structured and good choice of what to use. Although, to me it is very similar to Three's a Crowd except it doesn't evolve in book characters, as much as (Have You Got Any Castles or Book Revue does). The gags were reused (particularly the middle of the short which lasted a while). It was a great choice for me to use Toonzone which helps me find sources to what is going on, and who the celebrities are that I don't even know. Of course, I'll be finishing Bosko up, and it will be hard for me to review the rest of the shorts.