Sunday, 27 November 2011
63. The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon (1933)
Release date: August 8, 1933.
Series: Merrie Melodies.
Director: Rudolf Ising.
Producers: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising and Leon Schlesinger.
Animation: Rollin Hamilton and Bob McKimson.
Musical Score: Frank Marsales.
More dancing is seen, when there is an egg inside an egg box, and even has a smiley face on it. The egg dances, and skates through grease, but reaches the edge of the shelf. The egg falls, cracks and a baby bird is born. The bird then starts to sing Young and Healthy.
A duster and a spatula are using popcorn as weapons, they place it inside a boiling pot and place the lid on top. The duster then uses the handle as a gun weapon to shoot popcorn at the dough, and it does work itself. There are spoons charging at the dough with their rolling pin, in which they make it extremely flat, but the dough is STILL moving.
The cartoon had some great ideas, particularly early on where we saw some creative gags used for the cutlery, like when they wash themselves, or even a toaster to warm and dry up the plates. Parts of the animation was pretty good to look at (Bob McKimson himself), but at times the animation was a little bit sloppy, pretty much the part where the dough is running away after cans are being thrown at him. The singing sequence was pretty lame and boring to me, so I had nothing really much to say about it.
Just to let you know that three more reviews, and I will have completed the entire Harman-Ising era of the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, I figure that I will reach the Buddy cartoons and the Leon Schlesinger as producer regime, in say - two weeks.