Sunday, 15 January 2012
90. Shake Your Powder Puff (1934)
Release date: September 29, 1934.
Series: Merrie Melodies.
Supervision: Friz Freleng.
Producer: Leon Schlesinger.
Animation: Bob McKimson and Bob Clampett.
Music: Bernard Brown.
All of the audience who are about to watch him then start to hush the audience so that they can hear the music. The conductor is rather distracted with those "shush" sounds, and turns around rather annoyed. He taps his conducting stick so that everyone has his full attention. They play the quiet, peaceful William Tell Overture. Everyone else is playing rather peacefully and it's all going well. The animation is rather pleasant to look (even though not subtle). Maybe Bob McKimson did those opening scenes? Okay, but I'm going to be doing these "games" on "I bet McKimson did that" - anyone want to join in?
In fact, this is even before The Band Concert. The conductor then finishes the last part of the music with serious conducting. After the audience applaud for that part (it REALLY goes deserve it), the orchestra leader bows to the audience. He looks at the orchestra as he still hears orchestra playing, but then they stop meekly. The audience still clap - I think that shot of the audience clapping was reused in Into Your Dance - will wouldn't be released until 1935.
After being kicked out, there is another performance inside being played which are these pigs also singing Shake Your Powder Puff and the gag of this show is meant to show these three pig singers and both have different heights and range themselves in a number of size (shortest to tallest). Meanwhile, the dog tries to disguise himself by calling himself "Jones" but he's still get kicked out of the audience, that proves the usher is not a fool.
I must say that this is really good entertainment, I like this much more than The Miller's Daughter - I don't really have a genuine problem with this cartoon at all. There were some very fun gags to look at, character personalities - I like the orchestra leader a lot. The drunken dog was also pretty entertaining too. I thought the opening was presented out probably the best - I love the gags used for the Poets and Pleasant Overture. Of course, the story may have changed completely when the drunken dog just "booed" but it halts the amount of singing and dancing that presents this cartoon a very good balance. So yes, Bravo to this cartoon. I'm glad that something really good has turned in the 1934 reviews. Don't agree with me - no need to argue. I like this cartoon so end of review.