Release date: August 25, 1934.
Series: Looney Tunes.
Supervision: Jack King.
Producer: Leon Schlesinger.
Cast: Jack Carr (Buddy).
Animation: Bob McKimson and Ben Clopton.
Musical Score: Norman Spencer.
The hot-air balloon lands at the top of the pegs and then it immediately forms into a circus tent. There are some folks setting up some props outside and then one of the circus barkers calls them into the circus where crowds of folks dash inside. I must say that Jack King really does have some imagination for his cartoons - and Chuck Jones said that he had no imagination; although I guess that he received support for the cartoons he directed.
Buddy presents another act in which it the performer's name is Elastiko - the India-Rubber Man. He moves very rubbery and moves really well. The timing is done extremely well - and it's a safe guess maybe Bob McKimson had some involvement in the timing of that scene. The designs of the "India-Rubber Man" doesn't even look very Indian to me at all - and instead looks more like a black stereotype - but I guess that the director wanted to keep things simple, and not too stereotypical or complex. This act was re-used from an earlier Harman-Ising short I Love a Parade. The next act to be shown is Asbesto - the Human Stove who cracks two eggs inside his mouth. He then walks to the X-Ray and we see inside there is a pan sizzling with two scrambled eggs being cooked. Mmm eggs. His heart is ticking slightly, and as he steps out of the X-Ray - he rumbles slightly and then burps. That's the end of the acts feating stereotypes.
Another act that is being performed shows an aerobic who has a gap between his teeth and he places a hook between it. There is a man standing behind the pole that pulls the rope upwards as the aerobic is being lifted. It must be very painful for that to happen and it seems to be "impossible" - or is it?! The man who is still being lifted is really tired out, and then his whole false teeth fall out of his mouth and he falls down. Yep, even an animated cartoon has proven that it is physically difficult.
There is an act that is still going on where it involves aerobics - swinging around - with the crowds looking from left to right - one of them licks the person's ice cream as part of the gag; plus the cone itself and then his thumb. Okay, but the gag really had to go that far? It was only funny when he licked the ice-cream, we didn't have to see anymore. There is then a line of elephants walking into the arena where the baby is holding onto an elephant's ear. The elephants perform a dance sequence and the baby copies the same movements as the elephants do - rather cunning for a baby.
One of the aerobic performers then crashes onto a drum, in which to Buddy's surprise sees that the whole trapeze act is going awry. Buddy then climbs on top of the pole to try and stop the disaster going on, the mother follows him to rescue her child. Buddy grabs out a rope and grabs the baby tight, but then bounces from the hammock and then Buddy, the mother & her child are holding onto the trapeze artist (who is covered in dots since his costume was pulled down). Buddy and the mother then land on a bike by balancing on wire and all the gags are too complex to explain whilst they're trying to rescue the child.
A hippo that lives in his cage then pops out and opens his mouth and there's where the baby child is found. The mother is therefore all happy and amazed to see her baby is still alive, and gladly receives it back. Buddy, the mother and the baby then hold each other's hands around in a circle - and they hop around happily - and that's all folks.
Good thing that this cartoon is fully restored and remastered (that's included in the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 6. which I have - I've got all 6 volumes) and I wish to see more Buddy cartoons to be restored - so that I don't have to review them in horrible TV quality, or VHS tapes that have blurs all over it or even an annoying, baby timer in the middle of it - I'm glad at least one 1934 cartoon here has been restored, and I've finally gotten to understand it well. This was Jack King's 2nd cartoon he was credited as a director, and again - he's done a pretty fine job here. 1934 seems to be slightly better since King has arrived, but no further changes come to Freleng, unfortunately - not for another few years. There were some good gags in here (the giraffe one in particular) characters and stories still rather bland, but this worked worked as a whole pretty well. The reuse sequence of the Indian rubber man didn't bother me too much which was from I Love a Parade as I almost forgotten that cartoon. I guess that Tex Avery wasn't the director who just improved the gags - since Jack King did contribute, but not at the level of Tex Avery, of course.