Warner cartoon no. 87.
Release date: September 15, 1934.
Series: Merrie Melodies.
Supervision: Friz Freleng.
Producer: Leon Schlesinger.
Animation: Frank Tipper and Sandy Walker.
Musical Score: Bernard Brown.
Considering that today is Friday the 13th - let's hope I won't go through any "horrors" of watching it.
The next part we see is a long sheet that's covering the screen but parts of the layouts is seen and we think that we see a pair of feet (with socks on) that looks like they're actually dancing - but as the sheet is removed it turns out to be these ladies with their socks on their hands performing the technique. The gag appears to be influenced and reused from I've Got to Sing a Torch Song - what?! Friz Freleng was influenced with that crap?
The next part we see is a title card that reads: AND THEN - (K)NIGHT FELL. We see a shot of a statue of a knight who falls off his statue and onto the ground. Hahah! Now that is a really funny gag - probably the funniest gag I've seen so far in any of those Harman-Ising cartoons. It even has the humor that Friz Freleng would add into his later and even more better cartoons. Oh my goodness, and it even works! Y'know what, I have a healthy feeling that this cartoon is going to be fine, after all.
Anyway, they both go into song where they are singing about each other (who'd want to hear a "popular song" about laundry?!) The clothes (that move like a human) then sing about their love - while the female piece of clothing suggests that he's "quite a flirt". The female then suggests that he should "come up and see him sometime" as the male clothing admires her figure, and all sorts.
We then see the couple clothesline that do a very dull waltz together that it's so boring and it's completely not worth clapping to while the other clotheslines are clapping to it. The next part shows these long pieces of underwear that then perform some type of vaudeville act. They then walk to these barrels flipped over and they use their pants flap to pat them on the barrel for rhythm. Now that is even more entertaining to watch than the couple dancing - at least there's something I'm enjoying here.
The female clothing then starts to scream for "Help" just typically and the villain jumps onto the ironing board and then starts to ride it like a horse. The male clothing then straps his belt back on and starts to chase after his girlfriend again. They both then both hit the pole in which the villain feels rather weary. There is then a fight going on physically between the villain and the male. My goodness, this cartoon is just getting worse and worse - looks like "Friday the 13th" really has come to haunt me with all this repetitive fighting.
The villain clothing then trips onto a bucket of soap water, but is kicked back in there by the male clothing. But instead he is punched again as he starts to fly at another bucket, but instead it "closes". As the male clothing starts to lock it up in some type of vault - whatever it's called. The lady then walks to the man to admire him in a "My hero" attitude. The villain then steps out rather confused, but is pushed back into the barrel again - and that's all folks.
Well, I now feel haunted by this rather bland, worthless piece of animation and it's one of those cartoons that I'm going to forget completely once it's published. I can't believe that Friday the 13th really has come to haunt me. I ought to be more careful next time when reviewing an awful cartoon. The designs were just bland (though probably difficult) and it seems that the directors were just going to come up with every single idea of using every object for a new feature - but again; I guess he was just trying to repeat Harman-Ising's footsteps only because it worked when they did it - but it doesn't work when Friz did it - in my opinion. It simply can't be because of small budgets, right? Well, I must admit the animation at times was in fact pretty good and there were some highlights in that short such as the vaudeville dancing pair of underwear, the clothing skating with iron shoes and also the "(k)night fell" gag. I admit that I did quite like that very much - so there is still a chance for some improvement; slow improvement.
Look at what I wrote earlier on:
Y'know what, I have a healthy feeling that this cartoon is going to be fine, after all.
What a loser. ;-)