Friday, 10 February 2012
106. Buddy's Lost World (1935)
Release date: May 18, 1935.
Series: Looney Tunes.
Supervision: Jack King.
Producer: Leon Schlesinger.
Starring: Jackie Morrow (Buddy) and Billy Bletcher (Bozo).
Musical Score: Norman Spencer.
Animation: Rollin Hamilton and Sandy Walker.
It's not easy to say but I'm glad to see that Jack King is back on the direction spot while he seems to have been demoted to character animator briefly - probably because Hardaway was taking his place for a while - it seems. Of course Jack's cartoons at WB aren't so spectacular but was probably the best director before Tex arrived - I have to say. He was probably the best Donald Duck director, though. I seem to notice in later 1935 Buddy cartoons that he wear's a captain's hat on.
As Buddy and Bozo are sailing in their exciting expedition, they somehow discover land (are you sure this was not marked in any of the maps that probably had the whole world drawn on it by then). Buddy and Bozo then approach the lost island in the middle of the ocean (and how did his boat get that far from that engine)? They park onto the island then start to explore around this lost island. Buddy has the map to the lost island (well, it couldn't be lost if it was already drawn on map - but it could've been abandoned, maybe - oh well; it's a cartoon). Buddy shouts "Oh boy, it's the lost island, hooray, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!"
Bozo then starts to run around the lost world through the paths in a fast speed with the plants swaying past. Bozo then passes through a fat girl playing skip-rope (it seems there's people on the lost island already). The fat girl then looks at Bozo startled. Meanwhile there appears to be a type of caveman that is digging the ground like a dog and notices Bozo running like a fire engine. Bozo then skids and stops as he notices the caveman digging the ground. They both then start to mimic each other like actual dogs and copy the actions in a similar way. The caveman then digs up the bone and walks off. At least we saw a good use of speed in this cartoon.
The caveman dog-figure then starts to sniff up something, in this random shot. Buddy then looks over at the rocks and notices Bozo isn't around so; he calls Bozo over to see what there is. Bozo pops out of the rocks and licks him. Buddy tries to quieten down Bozo in which he still looks at the caveman-dog sniffling about. Huh, it turns out it wasn't a random shot overall. I like the idea of this cartoon so far in that crazy world they're in - it's creative; it makes the film exciting - at least a bit. I like the bizarre idea for a caveman who acts like a dog to be sniffing about; and that there's dinosaurs on this island stating that they're probably not quite extinct in this short.
Look at the close-up of the carnivorous plant licking it's lips - just great animation. It seems that Jack King had a knack of using close-up shots for his cartoons in climaxes; which is a good thing since Ben Hardaway and other directors had a knack of using long-shots all the time. Buddy is still shouting for Bozo's time but then he starts to turn around with his hat-take but the carnivorous plant eats Buddy. Buddy is pounding at the plant's mouth numerous times but the plant swallows Buddy before it's too late. Buddy slides through the roots and pathway of the plant's roots underground and ends up in another part of the lost world. Buddy turns to look at these group of caveman in some area that are hammering on rocks and stones.
Three cavemen then pop out of the rock and they are doing an impression of the Three Stooges - where they are fighting - prodding each other in the eye. Like the sound effects used so far. The dinosaur has an instant likability towards Buddy as he licks his face. Buddy then grabs out an apple from his pocket and the dinosaur eats it. Notice how Buddy completely disappears in one frame but comes back in the next frame. The three Stooge-cavemen then come up with an idea in which they plan to capture Buddy and also Bozo. The caveman then unleashes Bozo from a dog leash and walks him along to a mousetrap with spears to be the bars of a cage.
The next part we see that Buddy and Bozo are inside a pot that is boiling; and a whole tribe of cavemen are hear to celebrate the moment (probably because they've been eating too much rocks or stones all the time). A caveman in the background shows his part to celebrate by playing dinosaur skeleton bones as a church organ - or some type. There is then a dancing routine going on and if I'm not mistaken - this is taken from Lullabye from Broadway - am I right? They both hit each other on the head with their cubs as part of the routine to make the dance more entertaining. They both hit each other on the head at the same time which makes the gag work - in my opinion.
The dinosaur picks up a caveman but starts to wiggle it around with his mouth until it goes flying off into the camera. I like Jack King's film techniques that he's done before in the cartoons - and certainly more interesting than what Hardaway or Freleng did in this period. The dinosaur then starts to find another caveman inside a cave but reaches it's head inside, and at the lower-ground level the dinosaur's head pops out to grab the caveman itself - and I like that gag, and sounds something maybe what Tex would use for a gag.
Now that Jack King is back on the director's chair - he turns out a really unique cartoon that is pretty good. The animation is pretty unique like the three-quarter down shot of a brontosaurus' head coming up into frame which is some decent animation. I like the idea of the concept of being in a lost world that no-one ever goes to - but somehow it's already identified in the map of the world. There were some pretty fine gags in there such as the beginning on the dock or even the caveman who behaves like a dog was pretty weird but the feeling of a weird world Buddy has came across. At least this cartoon tells us that this world dinosaurs aren't yet extinct. Well, at least this cartoon seemed to enjoy me at least (with King gone for a while; I Haven't Got a Hat was probably the only one I quite liked). I hope this cartoon showed some very slight potential of great Warner Bros. cartoons coming - and we'll see.