Warner cartoon no. 99.
Release date: February 16, 1935.
Series: Looney Tunes.
Supervision: Friz Freleng.
Producer: Leon Schlesinger.
Starring: Jack Carr (Buddy) and Bernice Hansen (Cookie).
Musical Score: Norman Spencer.
Animation: Don Williams and Sandy Walker.
Welcome readers and you've read 100 reviews! BUT, the celebration isn't going to start yet - wait until the 101st review - once 100 reviews have been reviewed.
As Buddy is finished on the phone there is a man who is complaining as Buddy didn't know what happened. The man points that the baby was responsible. Buddy picks up the baby and uses his teeth to rip off the tickets so that everyone can enter the theatre. There is a woman who has a baby in disguise as Buddy asks "How many" - in which the woman only wants one. As she enters - the woman takes his husband out of the coat as they enter the theatre. Buddy continues to sell the tickets to people until he realises the baby hasn't got any tickets left; and pulls down the blinds reading "Sold out" - then gives the baby a lollipop.
Meanwhile in the cinema there is a gag that is going on for a particular man sitting on a seat. To begin with; there's a skinny woman who taps him to get to her seat and she does so. Then the next part shows a really fat man asking to get through and does so. Then the next woman does the same, and the man sitting down just gets even more annoyed - until he moves his chair in the middle of the cinema. Mmm; if he was able to do that then what muscles!
We see the "Passe News" reel begin with an egg crack with a baby chick doing a Tarzan impression and IT'S THE SAME NOISE from Buddy of the Apes. Oh Jesus, now the horror is returning. The slide card reads "Dome, Italy" - Premier Mausoleum again lowers age limit for army service". The film reel then shows a balcony with Mussolini standing and a army of kids marching and some of them look under the age of 5 (one of them holding a flag with a safety pin) - okay, the gags are just too dated. I know about Mussolini being the Italian leader and agreed with Hitler but did he really lower age limits for armies? Dome, Italy is of course a spoof of "Rome" and it's really unfunny.
Passe News then ends the reel with a man rolling a laundry machine with a pair of long underwear coming out reading the end. Buddy is getting prepared for his next reel but the tape accidentally tears off so he grabs out a nail and hammers it back onto the tape. Everything in the film can is then ready to be projected, and then the screen reads "Attractions coming".
The first trailer we see shows a title card reading: Don't fail to see JAMES BAGKNEE in HERE COMES THE GRAVY (spoof of Here Comes the Navy). The "Bagknee" reference is James Cagney. We see a shot of a battleship sailing through the seas - and it's reused animation from Buddy the Gob. It appears to be that the battleship is a 3D image that pops out of the screen and blasts. The slides then suggest the audience to come over and watch these films on a quiet weekend like 8 Girls in a Boat and The Thin Man.
Cookie notices the gorilla and screams. She slams the piano in which the gorilla's head is trapped. The gorilla is then trapped on the piano strings as he tries to escape and catch Cookie. Don't just stand there, Cookie - run! Cookie then jumps out of the window to escape the gorilla in which that the gorilla is set free and is about to capture her. Buddy is of course taking this too literally and is acting too ignorant there by shouting "I'll save you Cookie".
Buddy then uses some film tape to try ans top that gorilla but the gorilla lands on laundry wire (as the screen is switched away from the screen). He attaches the tape onto the chandelier in the cinema hall. Buddy swings down the chandelier and kicks the gorilla in the head. Buddy comes out of a fence with a paddle and whacks the gorilla away. Buddy pulls the cinema screen away and shouts to Cookie - "I'll save you". He jumps at the screen in which he tears it down, rather startled - and that's all folks.
Since this is my 100th review - (and forget this isn't the celebration post yet) but this cartoon is too similar to Bosko's Picture Show but I guess that Bugs Hardaway needed some inspiration for the cartoon. Buddy acts too ignorant in this cartoon since he's under the spell of love. The short has some recycled ideas but it's clever since an average audience won't even figure that out. At least there were some new ideas for reels but similar concept. Some of the gags in there were a bit groan-worthy to me and not really good like "Dome, Italy = Rome".