Release date: January 27, 1934.
Series: Merrie Melodies.
Supervision: Bernard Brown.
Producer: Leon Schlesinger.
Animation: Jack King and Bob Clampett.
Musical Score: Norman Spencer.
Bob Clampett's first screen credit at Warner Bros. where he's credited as an animator, but I imagine from at the time it was made (late 1933) that he must've only been 20 years old as an animator. A lot of people say that the supervision by Bernard Brown isn't him and that it was Frank Tashlin who directed it, but is there any evidence at all is Brown directed it or not, I mean in Hollywood Cartoons Mike Barrier writes that Brown directed two cartoons.
We then see a penguin chasing after a flittering butterfly, and tries to snap at it, but trips instead. The penguin then sees the butterfly located on the maid's bottom, and nips it. She squeals in time, when I see her jump out of that bench = Jesus, what horrible timing - Frank Tashlin couldn't have done something as bad as that. The maid then slaps the policeman on the face and then over the bench. The maid walks away with her baby in his pram, the baby blows a raspberry at the cop by blowing bubbles into his milk bottle. Jokes on the policeman, as the maid thought he was sexually harrassing himself, or trying to get in trouble with the law - which was a misunderstanding.
We get more singing coming from the birds that are in love such as owls, an ostrich in his cage dunking his hand under the sand and pops out. The police officer who is still confused stands up and walks in some protested attitude singing the song, with a bird folowing him. We walks to the car and about to ask the guy that he had the maid first, but got punched by the man and the car drove away. WHAT? The policeman let him get away with that - that's called assault there, you can't let them get away with the law?! Whatever, let's just get this through.
They are reading the poster that reads, ANNUAL WATER CARNIVAL DRIVING AND SWIMMING CONTEST - OPEN TO ALL CONTESTANTS. And what? Did it specifically mean birds too? There is then a kooky parrot up in a tree who appears to be the host of this tournament for all contestants - makes...sense...to...me. We get a few birds that are jumping off diving boards, either because they're warming up or something. One of the birds then lands on a rubbish bin, but actually - that's not a funny gag - WHERE DID THAT BIN COME FROM? They used different scenery immediately, what happened? Did the lake have a drout or something, and then came back? Explain, movie director, explain! I really am unsure but I have a feeling that Bob Clampett worked on that parrot, as it seems to be kooky.
The swans are then chasing after the penguin (I'm surprised that the park is so empty). The penguin then goes through a spinning (thing?) that I say the name of the item, but both the swans crows in, in which the wheel spins and they lose their hair and are completely naked. The penguin has won the race, then giggles to the audience - and that's all folks.
There is two seperate plots that goes through here, they're better off not being in one short. No wonder that an unexperienced artist like Bernard Brown directed that short. There were many parts in that short that compeltely didn't make sense to me, but especially those birds. To be honest, the contest scenes were screwed up, and I much preferred to see the love scenes at the beginning and to hold it throughout the short. But no, it didn't. BTW, have you noticed that ever since I've Got to Sing a Torch Song that animator Jack King has been credited on EVERY SHORT and still is?? How long will this last, and why was he credited on every short - was he like the top animator there or something?