A new era begins with Leon Schlesinger, now producing the cartoons himself. A new character, new start, but bad one. Here is a very entertaining trailer that Devon Baxter made for me of Buddy's Day Out that we both contributed.
Release date: September 9, 1933.
Series: Looney Tunes.
Supervision: Tom Palmer.
Producer: Leon Schlesinger.
Cast: Jack Carr (Buddy) (?).
Animation: Bill Mason. (Uncredited) Chuck Jones, Paul Fennell, Jack King.
Musical Score: Norman Spencer and Bernard Brown.
As you will see, the new "Buddy" is in fact - WORSE. Yes, no joke - the character is even worse than Bosko, who was the singing-and-dancing bore. After completing the era, and you watching the cartoons, you'd probably thought that "Oh, Bosko was bad, let's hope the next character, Buddy, will be better." You've assumed wrong friend. From the next cartoons made in 1933-1935, you're going to find some incredibly dull stuff, and no - please don't give up and leave! This will give me the opportunity to rant at them.
Elmer then hides underwater, but Cookie still rubs him with a bath brush, but the soap suds are off, and what he reveal is Elmer's anus, and Elmer laughs. Cookie then says, "Well, smarty", and she dries up Elmer with a towel, that tickles him. She lifts Elmer up with the towel, and then Elmer lands on top of the towel, and the sound effect (anchor sound) for that is so wrong!
Anyway, Happy then walks to the hosepipe (after Buddy had finished washing his car) and Happy chews on the hose, but then instead the hose pipe goes off flying (as Buddy turns on the tap to increase more water) and causes Happy to go flying, as he is attached to the hose. Buddy then turns off the water pipe, and Happy is no longer flying, and so is the hose pipe. Happy then shakes himself after being soaked in water, and so does the car - that shakes like a dog, with screws and bits coming out, for some odd reason. I would imagine that Friz Freleng did some reworking in this part, to add gags there.
Cookie then puts on her hat, and she puts on some make up, as well. She places a kiss on a photo she has of Buddy, and the kiss mark lands directly on the photo of Buddy. Okay, that piece of timing was very odd, and maybe Palmer wanted to be different. The animation of Cookie here is very stiff and ugly looking. She shouts out the window (as they live a few houses away) "Yoo hoo, Buddy I'm ready!" Buddy looks at her in amazement, and shouts back, "I'll be right over, Cookie!" He then turns to his car, and tries to get that ready, but instead his car goes reverse, and ends up crashing into people's back yard, there are cats & dogs that are barking/meowing at each other, but as the car crashes into a greenhouse, the car looks all pretty with flowers over it. Well, I admit - I don't mind this sequence, but I still think that Friz Freleng reworked on that part, since there were finer gags included (but still sloppy animation).
Elmer then "gurgles" at Buddy for attention, and Buddy looks back to see what Elmer wants, and what Buddy gets is a quirt of milk coming out of Elmer's bottle. Buddy then turns around rather annoyed, but is interrupted again with another coo from Elmer. Buddy warns him by shouting "Buddy spank", but instead Elmer whacks him on the head with a bottle. The sound of the bottle being whacked on the head, also is very unsuitable for the sound effects, and it sounds like some bricks being piled on together. While ascending up a hill, the car starts to slow down, with very little gas, but then the exhaust pipe pumps up, and they are able to go up the hill faster. They go through a very curvy road, and then they arrive at the spot for their day out and date.
Of course, Thad K. mentioned this on his blog, and thought that it meant sex, and I believe it probably does - since you can tell from the male, and their attitude towards it. More coupled creatures ask for "woojie woojies", such as these bees ("buzzy, buzzy buzzy?"), with the female's reply "No buzzy buzzy buzzy"), it still looks like though they want to make love. There are these two frogs with the male doing the same actions, and the female doing the rejection part. The voice for the frog sounds like what a frog could sound like - but does it have to be annoying? The sadistic part shows up with the female frog slapping the frog off the log, and laughs. The frog (with some Brooklyn accent) replies, "What? No woojie, woojie, woojie?", with the female frog grabbing a cattail and whacking him on the head with a sound of some anchor dropping - it's a sound effects that used to be popular in Disney cartoons from the 1930's - you can hear it on the Three Little Pigs (just for an example).
This is just crazy, who would've thought that the staff would try and add some sexual innuendos into a cartoon - with the "woojie woojie woojie" stuff. Sure, it most likely means nothing like asking for sex, but you can still tell from the male inhabitant's reactions? It's still sounds similar enough, but it probably isn't true either - but I still think it is, and I won't go against other views. Bernard Brown said in an interview about Tom Palmer working in sessions on this short and said, "and now we do a bit of a funny business", and Brown recalled that Palmer never mentioned what the 'funny business' was. Read Mike Barrier's Hollywood Cartoons to find out more.
Cookie then walks immediately to the scene, and tells off Elmer, "Why Elmer you bad, bad boy - aren't you ashamed of yourself?" Elmer walks off crying, and walks to the car (Happy follows). Elmer then blows a raspberry with his tongue - and if you look at the animation, it doesn't even look like as if he's sticking his tongue out - it's so stiff! Elmer then steps on the brakes as frustration, and is amazed when he sees it. I've seemed to notice that Tom Palmer had a trademark in animation which is those reaction lines coming from outside of the character's body.
Elmer is still inside the car and is mucking around by hooting the horn, while Happy seems to be acting rather scared (but the animation makes him look spastic). The car then crashes into a farm and into hay (with chickens flying out), and the hay makes it look like Happy and Elmer have beards - I guess the gag works, but it looks like they're glued together, and I hate that animation with the lines just coming out.
We then see a small bridge in which a fat lady is walking through, and she notices the car with Elmer and Happy going past, is driving right at her. The fat lady then screams loudly, and instead the wheels of the car drive up the banister of the bridge which saves the fat lady. Buddy and Cookie continue to follow Elmer and Happy by using their "helicopter".
Okay, at least no-one died, but c'mon - how can that even WORK? I mean, that is just a stupid idea, of some train assuming that a ladder was another track, and just goes through. It's not as if the train will go off in a safe direction. What really confuses me is that after the train goes through the ladder, they end up back onto the tracks again! COME ON, how does it work? It doesn't even work - no it doesn't, because the train would've tripped onto the rails and crashes if it did so - it's not as if there was another track.
(Sighs) Anyway, Buddy and Cookie reunite with Elmer and Happy, and Cookie was so delighted and glad that Elmer is safe and "not hurt". The cartoon ends with Buddy tickling Elmer's chin going "cootchy, cootchy, etc." with Elmer squirting milk on Buddy again - and that's all folks! Thank god.
Overall, this cartoon was awful, I spent my time watching a shite start to the new Looney Tunes. Buddy is bland, and the new crew haven't even found a style for their animated scene, when Harman-Ising definitely had a style, and it was quite an appealing style of theirs. However, there is no idea to this - whatsoever. The cartoon is also desperately unfunny, with such horrible gags - even parts of it that makes me think what was Tom Palmer thinking, such as the "asthma" in the car or the "woojie woojie" part. The animation was also very bad - to say the most part. The characters were too rubbery, and they didn't move very well at all - Cookie looked very unattractive at times, (well, not even at all throughout the cartoon), and the choice of the sound effects for gags were just wrong and plain bad. Buddy doesn't even look very appealing with his designs, and has no style at all whatsoever!
Well, I've already gone through this bit of torture, and I'm expected to go through it again - at the next review.