Wednesday, 11 January 2012
87. Buddy the Detective (1934)
Release date: September 15, 1934.
Series: Merrie Melodies.
Supervision: Jack King.
Producer: Leon Schlesinger.
Cast: Billy Bletcher (Mad Musician), Jack Carr (Buddy) and (Cookie) Bernice Hansen?
Animation: Paul Smith and Don Williams.
Musical Score: Bernard Brown.
Well kiddies, do you think this guy is REALLY frightening and scary??
- Duh?! I've been scarier like that demon in 'Paranormal Activity' or the 'Blair Witch Project'.
Yeah, I guess you're right. :L
The frustrated mad musician then walks around to other portraits such as one that features Napoleon, and hypnotizes him to come to life and "play" some tragic music. Instead he plays some jolly tunes again - which angers the mad musician and his fiddle is destroyed. I must say that there is some wonderful character personality of the Mad Musician here - at least Jack King has made a bit of effort.
Cookie runs to the window and closes it thinking there will be a storm. The telephone rings, and she picks up the phone and answers it. The mad man then uses his fingers to hypnotize Cookie by signalling it, he declares "Come to me my little Cookie". Cookie asks him to "stop it", but the hypnotizing still goes on. The mad musician then breaks the forth wall and admits, "She's a tough customer, I'll have to give her words!" Afterwards, she feels rather weary and then walks out the house like a zombie.
This cartoon was not a bad cartoon - and it seems that Jack King has fallen into the influence as what Friz Freleng or Ben Hardaway did when it was those incoherent cartoons. I liked parts of the cartoon such as the personality of the mad musician, and yet Billy Bletcher's cartoons are always great to listen to. The music here is not so bad - but I can never see Buddy just acting like Sherlock. We just pretty much saw the first 3 minutes of this cartoon without Buddy - and only showing the mad guy trying to get people to get inspiration to get evil music, all really works. Then the cartoon gets to the point where it's weak since Buddy is detecting and just wasting time with skeletons that we didn't bother having to see.