Saturday, 4 February 2012
102. Buddy's Pony Express (1935)
Release date: March 9, 1935.
Series: Merrie Melodies.
Supervision: Ben Hardaway.
Producer: Leon Schlesinger.
Starring: Jackie Morrow (Buddy), (Cookie) (?) and Billy Bletcher (Bad Guy).
Musical Score: Bernard Brown.
Animation: Ben Clopton and Cal Dalton.
Two grave diggers then approach the scene in which they bury the bodies (what; do they automatically become dead). From what we know is that this is of course a lawless town; and that they enjoy shooting sprees. As I reach to the next scene of Buddy playing the piano; and let me ask - why is there dogs as humans - has Buddy gone to another dimension? Okay; I guess that I can't make a problem out of it - since Elmer Fudd would appear in cartoons full of anthropomorphic animals like Bugs or Daffy. But Buddy appeared in a world with just humans and no animals that speak. It makes me think - is Buddy in a completely different world? Besides; he's no human himself so I guess it's suitable for him to stick with animals. Anyway; no big deal - let's move on.
Cookie then sings about that she notices some outlaw walking into the scene and is shooting around to get people inside afraid. Cookie asks the guy on the table to light his cannon in which the hat blows out and Buddy was the person pretending to be an outlaw - what the hell? Try not to have too much fun or you could get shot and killed. Meanwhile; a dog local walks into the scene and shoots the poster to be attached to a wall. There is a "Pony Express" race that would be starting at 2.30 in the afternoon. The winner would get a "Mail Contract" and I wonder if that's meant to be a dated pun or some cliche but I don't know if it was intended.
The bad outlaw then looks out the window to see if Buddy and Cookie are gone. He laughs "Fast horse, eh?". He steals the horse from Buddy by untying it and walking the horse away. The bad outlaw then takes him to park the horse outside a glue factory. What's he going to do - borrow some glue inside the factory and steal it to glue Buddy's horse? Nope, so far - it turns out that he's "shooing" a vulture away from his horse. The bad outlaw is blowing a balloon to try and get his pony all pumped up - but it doesn't work. Instead; he uses a pumper to get some air in that flattened-out horse - but fails the first time as he shoots up in the air.
Buddy has finished putting on his outfit as he hears the trumpets playing. There is a weird gag or jump as Buddy jumps out of the window - bounces off and lands on a sick horse thinking he's riding his noble steed. Buddy's horse then rides to the start of the competition, and come to think of it - the horse doesn't even run that bad at all - just sleepy. It seems to scatter around the place a couple of times, though. Cookie is in the crowd waving at him shouting "Good luck" as Buddy still says "It's a cinge". The villain laughs.
Okay, I really don't understand on why there's dogs in that race - what about the horses? Okay, after that sequence - we finally see the horse racing as Buddy and the bad outlaw are doing their best to try and beat one another. However, Buddy gets yanked out of the scene in which the bad outlaw laughs at Buddy's accident. But Buddy manages to catch up again in which the bad outlaw grabs Buddy's horse tail and starts to spin it around and around until it plays off and hits the ground. They are both pretty dizzy but then get back on their feet to defeat the bad outlaw - if they could.
The bridge then suddenly turns into a type of wheel and the villain as to run very quickly. The wheel-bridge then crashes into a rock breaking into pieces. Buddy falls off and is stuck with his suspenders trapped on a branch sticking out from a cliff. The outlaw laughs at Buddy's misfortunes and he drops a rock to make things really bad. Boy, he really is a nasty villain; not giving any chances for anybody to win. The rock bounces off the branch and whacks the villain in the face. The villain then tries to grab himself up the edge of the cliff but his hands are surprisingly so strong that the grass fall on him; in which the villain and his horse fall down and crash Buddy off the branch. They end up splashing onto a lake but Buddy uses his horse to row him to land - but the villain underwater is still winning.
Except for some really great gags that did appear in that overall cartoon - the rest of it just flaws to me. I didn't understand about why there were dogs racing in that race considering that this was a "pony express race". There were two-many long-shots in that film which didn't make the film in my opinion to be very exciting. Although I guess the only part to me that saved the cartoon was the gags - in which they do deserve some credit and effort. Cookie's singing voice at the beginning is really annoying and I don't think it's Bernice Hansen. Not many Buddy cartoons left to review - and I can't wait to finish them, and Buddy will be gone in my mind.