Saturday, 21 January 2012
93. Those Beautiful Dames (1934)
Release date: November 11, 1934.
Series: Merrie Melodies.
Supervision: Friz Freleng.
Producer: Leon Schlesinger.
Musical Score: Bernard Brown.
Animation: Paul Smith and Charles "Chuck" Jones.
The first cartoon in which the Merrie Melodies "color" scheme goes permanent. Hopefully that the quality in those will make me understand the cartoons better.
She walks into the shed where she stays for shelter. There is hardly anything in that shed. Except for a mouse in there who looks very skinny and is likely to starve to death. The mouse tries to see if there's any bread in the bread box - but nothing in it. The little girl is trying to keep her hands warm in that useless stove. Hang on a minute, I'm trying to remember; the orphan girl standing outside that snow looking at the toyshop = a boy standing outside in the snow, looking at toy-shop and finds shelter - I'm remembering it clear as day. Oh my does that SOUND familiar?!
Of course, since she's in a heavy sleep - the toys then secretly creep near her as though they're going to give her a surprise. All the toys run quickly through the sleepy orphan girl - including that little toy duck. What doesn't make the quality look great in this cartoon is that the color is in 2-strip Technicolor where the colors are pretty dark and not so visible, but hey; back then this was a treat for the audience and Friz Freleng must've been happy to get his cartoons into color.
While the dance is still going on (how long will it last) we see a type of bulldoze toy that uses it's crate to eat some of the chocolate cake layed on the table. What? He's not going to let the orphan girl have its share. But as that truck continues to eat the cake - a doll enters the scene tapping her feet not impressed. The truck walks off in a shameful mood. Well, at least that's that gone.
This cartoon was just another take of The Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives but actually since both cartoons are pretty unknown and forgotten - who's going to care?! When a member of the audience sat down and watched that cartoon in 1934 when it was released; he/she aren't going to think that "Hey, I've seen this from a cartoon before", and actually - who's going to care? I thought the opening of the cartoon of the orphan girl was quite a good setup - the musical score by Bernard Brown was lovely. We got to see her struggles, and of course when the toys arrived the cartoon was just weaker. From my Shanty review - I actually wrote down that my feelings were that the toys arriving made the cartoon tedious and boring. But this cartoon was just made to cheer the audience up - nothing harmful was supposed to be made. Of course, it was the first color in Merrie Melodies to stay permanent - and only the colors made the cartoon look rich - but the designs and characters are still as bland as ever.