Release date: April 20, 1935.
Supervision: Ben Hardaway.
Producer: Leon Schlesinger.
Starring: Jackie Morrow (Buddy).
Musical Score: Norman Spencer.
Animation: Don Williams and Jack Carr.
This is the first cartoon I think where in the title cards a face of Buddy pops out to us (a process that the early Beans cartoons would do). Jack Carr is credited here as an animator who did voice Buddy in several cartoons - but how long would be at Schlesinger's. I know he was more of an animator than a voice-actor; but does anyone know?
One of the other natives is playing a game of horseshoes - but it turns out to be a different type of horseshoe game. The native is using 'littleluns' with ring piercings on their noses as a loop so that it can land into the pole. Meanwhile, Buddy is inside his van called Buddy's Variety Store. One of the gorillas is then walking around in the jungle but wants to hitchhike in Buddy's approaching van but Buddy passes it on. Due to the extremely poor video tape quality - it's really hard to see what's happening, a bit.
As Buddy's van is about to approach to the African village - one of the guards at the door grabs out a native with a bell to go indoors. Buddy's van approaches to the village and then he parks his van. Buddy opens up the back part of the van in which he has brought in some African equipment such as African instruments like a drum. Buddy then starts to play with a tribal drum but a lot of the natives are interested in his skills and they enjoy his playing skills. Buddy them welcomes the African natives and asks if they want something - and ask it. They dump all the fruit in the van and Buddy gives them a piece of an African collection to them.
Buddy then hands out one of his bottle that he calls "Buddy's Famous Jungle Bitters". Buddy spots a monkey trying to take a sip from the bitter bottle but is caught by Buddy. Buddy raises "Hey, you get out of there!". Is it me or was Buddy's voice by Jackie Morrow or some child actor because it doesn't sound like a falsetto that Jack Carr would put on. As Buddy watches the monkey scatter away - Buddy continues to hand out the rest of the bitter bottles to the rest of the natives.
Buddy is doing some juggling with some bitter bottles followed by two approaching natives that do an interesting dance that sort of look like their doing aerobic dancing. The next shot appears to show some turtle with strings on it's shell so that it looks like it's playing it's own banjo. Damn quality - it's hard to tell. The song is then concluded by the native vocal singers.
Meanwhile the same gorilla who was hitchhiking (or at least trying to) then shows the baby monkey (I imagine that this gorilla is the parent of the monkey). Anyway, the baby monkey is complaining to his parent on what Buddy had done to him - spanking. The gorilla then starts to reveal his skin that shows he will beat up Buddy and also to toughen up his chest.
It was another hard cartoon to review - it wasn't that the cartoon was bad - but it's just the low video tape quality was annoying. Hopefully some Warner Bros. archivists will restore this in a good condition; but yet it's expensive to restore films into good conditions. I didn't think the overall cartoon was terrible, and I didn't think the African native caricatures weren't meant to be harmful at all. The singing in it wasn't so bad - but the animation was still mediocre. Buddy's voice sounds a lot like a child which is really off-putting to listen to, and isn't Buddy meant to look like a young adult. With that child voice - it's disgusting.