Release date: August 26, 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.
After a toy soldier watches the watchman leaves, he shouts "Whoopee!", and then rushes along in the shelve full of toys. He jumps onto a block of building bricks (all ascended), and he reaches at the top of a violin - he asks his peers "Come on, fellas". The soldier then slides down the violin string, and lands on a toy accordion, and then lands on a drum.
A very entertaining gag/pun comes up when the soldier is standing on top of the counter of a cash register, and he jumps onto one of the counters, and these coins are singing a verse We Are the Money - of course, the gag is that they ARE money, and it explains it all. All these inanimate clothing such as gloves, socks, etc. start clapping after the song - and to be honest; so far watching this cartoon it's extremely weird in my opinion.
More entertainment is coming on such as this "ball type figure" is playing Were in the Money on the xylophone and is very good at it. There are even toys that are spinning around each holding onto a straps from a girdle and they swing.
More dancing is going on, and there are these inanimate long johns that are moving and dancing, and they reach these boxes of hats, and they play it like the drums with their rear flaps. More dancing from the mannequin then comes back, and he even does these swirls, and the animation movement of that is just wonderful to look at. You can see these very early "speed lines" shown, and then very early stages of smears, but not even quite. The Dover Boys (Jones - 1942) was recorded as the earliest cartoon at Warner Bros. to use smears.
The mannequin then moves along to a piano where he is playing the title song. His seat moves him along to different pianos, and then he bonks three dummy heads like some type of drums. The mannequin also hits the dummy heads of Laurel and Hardy, where they do "boop-boop-da-boop-boop" sounds. The mannequin continues to spin, as he grabs hold of a trumpet and plays some music - with dummy heads singing the verse of the title song. The mannequin continues to play the trumpet, until it crashes into a cupboard full of boxes, that collapses on him. He pops out playing the final note - and that's all folks.
The music in this cartoon was very good, and especially the song - Were in the Money. Frank Marsales' score was fun to listen to, but I thought the synopsis and the story was very boring. It was the same old routine that Harman-Ising kept on using, and that was the singing and dancing stuff. Although, mind you; it's not their fault because overall (with the Harman-Ising Merrie Melodies completed), they were sub-contractors and they had to make cartoons that involves singing songs - it was the early stages of music videos, you can say. Although, in the Bosko cartoons, they didn't have to do much singing in those cartoons - but one verse of singing was probably forced to be used, but there have been some cartoons with Bosko that didn't have any singing, right? Well - with that cartoon completed, I have only one cartoon left by Harman-Ising to review, and it's bye-bye Boskos - hello Buddy :/.