Release date: May 5, 1934.
Series: Looney Tunes.
Supervision: Friz Freleng.
Producer: Leon Schlesinger.
Cast: Jack Carr (Buddy) (?).
Animation: Ben Clopton and Frank Tipper.
Musical Score: Norman Spencer.
What could that be from - why it's Smile, Darn Ya, Smile of course. Okay but no-one should even make trolley cartoons anymore. They could only be worse, and besides Trolley Troubles is original - no-one could top that trolley short. It's almost the same sequence except there's no fox or hippo performing it, and now snobby main characters while Buddy is a gentlemen. Buddy places a stool and swings it so that the fat lady can be placed onto the train with no insults whatsoever.
Buddy's trolley parks outside Cookie's apartment, and Cookie looks outdoors and shouts that she'll be ready. Yep, this is definitely Bernice Hansen voicing Cookie - her voice sounds like a child considering that Bernice Hansen was in fact a child actress of her time. The trolley then extends so that Buddy can meet her upstairs and Cookie can hop aboard. But Buddy wastes his time just staring at Cookie admiring her and tickling her chin. Outside that apartment is an advertisement board that reads "Katz Beer" obviously a reference to Ray Katz, Leon Schlesinger's brother-in-law and that worked at the studio.
Police officer: Hey you! What's the big idea, who do you think you are? What do you think this is a picnic ground! Then why don't you say something?!
Buddy: (hesitates) Well...you see, er.
Police officer: Shut up!
Cookie: (Looks out) You can't talk to him like that!
Police officer: Oh I can't, eh? (Whacks Buddy) Come on, move on, move on!
You serious? Cops can really punch some guy in the face when actually if a person who doesn't work protecting the law punches someone - they'd get arrested. *Tut-tut* Officers, big tubby hypocrites. Oh wait, as Buddy gets moving, there is a hand sticking out that whacks the officer - ah-ha that'll show him. The whole concept was similar to Mickey Mouse's Traffic Troubles except no Minnie, or violence. Dialogue's similar. Friz Freleng did use Harman-Ising's steps when they copied Disney productions.
Meanwhile there is a prisoner who is working near the rails with is trying to get the chains off the iron ball by bashing the chains with a rock - it seems that he must've escaped from prison. As the prisoner sees the train coming past, he throws his iron ball over the railings in which the trolley runs past and splits open the chains. If only they were aware. This comes to the 3rd trolley trouble for Buddy.
Buddy manages to successfully land on the trolley but is holding onto one of the wires on the roof, in which he swings around but is hitting the prisoner on the face with his feet. Both Buddy and Cookie then land on the emergency vehicle and they both push as fast as they can so that they can get away from the criminal.
Smile, Darn Ya, Smile.
Will those trolley shorts go into the list of worth-watching animated shorts and go down in history? I'd say so. Maybe not so much on "Toonerville".
Buddy's Trolley Troubles.
Will that short join the list? Not a hope in hell.
Why? Well, the cartoon itself steals some gags from the original cartoons (although mind you Smile, Darn Ya, Smile does a little bit but it does at least have original parts in that short, while Buddy's Trolley Troubles? Nope. Hardly anything). In fact this cartoon's title even feels as though it's stealing from Trolley Troubles except that they just had to place Buddy's name into it to avoid copyright. It appears to be the prisoner from a couple of Earl Duvall cartoons was also used here in a Freleng cartoon. Well he looks alike but we don't have his voice to prove it, but only the design remains similar.