Sunday, 5 February 2012
103. Along Flirtation Walk (1935)
Release date: April 6, 1935.
Series: Merrie Melodies.
Supervision: Friz Freleng.
Producer: Leon Schlesinger.
Musical Score: Norman Spencer.
Animation: Bob McKimson and Paul Smith.
Yep, they're dancing - alright. But the dancing isn't very special. I mean - they could've got something entertaining but instead the ducks and roosters are too human for that (no offense to Daffy Duck or Foghorn Leghorn at all). The roosters have then finished clapping as the song has finished. The next part shows these group of ducks who are wearing a jumper with each duck wearing a jumper to feature two letters to make the overall shirts put together in order reading "Glee Club". The ducks are then singing the the title song, Along Flirtation Walk.
The next part then shows us these two ducks bathing together in a water fountain of love. There is another chicken in the background sitting on a bench rather lonesome. The lonely chicken is watching the two love-ducks together and that they are at the top of the water fountain. The "Glee Club" ducks have then finished their singing for the title song as the night has finished.
All of the chickens are then sitting in their chicken's nest. The chicken captain of the game then starts the game - and it turns out that the red and green team are on their nests trying to lay as much eggs as they can so that to see how many points they can score. WHAT?! That's the game?! Okay, I know that if the chickens played American football would be lame but THIS is worse! In fact - it's really tedious to watch. Apparently the red time are winning with their so far score of 41 points.
They then walk into the locker rooms all rather glum and upset. The coach who is puffing his cigar all the time looking at his team in a very disappointed manner until he starts to quack at them. Meanwhile, inside the other locker room there is some happiness going on from the red team and it appears to be that they are swallowing snooker balls - is it because they plan to cheat or something? The break has now finished with more band playing continuing and the teams are stepping out of the locker rooms.
The two-strip Technicolor process in there is really off-putting to look at and it looks rather close enough to black-and-white to me. I don't think this copy is from tape. I really dislike that idea for the "big game" to just show many eggs will be placed in for the scores - instead of some American football game. That is just kind of insulting in a way; laying eggs. A very tedious idea, too. I didn't like the overall cartoon at all as it was bursting with blandness of the animation; and that considering that the characters don't speak English - and just clucking a lot. I mean; how are we supposed to figure THAT out.