Sunday, 1 January 2012
82. How Do I Know It's Sunday (1934)
Release date: June 9, 1934.
Series: Merrie Melodies.
Supervision: Friz Freleng.
Producer: Leon Schlesinger.
Animation: Frank Tipper and Don Williams.
Music: Bernard Brown.
We get these very dull scenes of these fish in a barrel that says "Pickled Herring". Even these ladies in the entertainment part also enjoy the song with the advertisement of the company called PINK RIBBON MALT with the motto America's Greatest Seller. We then get to see a gag, which I guess is pretty funny in which there is a lady potato singing, but is crying while she is standing next to an onion, but one question is - why does that potato have so many eyes, in fact - why do they even have eyes? We see a stereotypical gag with a box called Aunt Eliza (a reference to Aunt Jemina) singing a verse. Alright, I'm already getting sick of all these annoying songs that every Merrie Melodies had to have in the mid 1930's. I sure can't wait to surpass them.
They fly around and then they nibble on a loaf of bread with a sticker that reads, "Russian Rye" the gag then turns into these flies dancing the Trepak (Russian dance). Well - is that meant to be the gag? Just that bit of Russian dance - it certainly isn't a funny enough gag just because it said "Russian" on it, but does that assume that after eating it they just suddenly start Russian dancing?
The Eskimo then grabs onto a piece of rope in which he flies onto one side in which he kicks all of the flies off the gingerbread girl that hold her hand, and then the Eskimo swings backwards and kicks off the other flies, in which it sends the gingerbread girl falling. They both get back up but run away from the incoming flies.
What a dreadful, dull, unoriginal cartoon. In fact this was the years when the directors had no coherence in their cartoons at all. It's such a shame that this has to be a part of history to us. It's been very hard to review this cartoon for me, and once this review is published and made available - I will forget this cartoon almost immediately. At best I'm ambivalent to some Friz Freleng cartoons in that era (and other shorts too like Jack King's) but most of them I actively dislike. For no other reason than their poorly drawn animation, recycled stories or bad pacing; or their irritating voice overs, songs, and overall shorts. If all you sentimental people think I'm joking - I'm not. Well, this was a pretty bad start to 2012, but I know that this will be a better year because we will eventually reach to the good stuff once Avery comes.