|Title card courtesy of Big Cartoon Database.|
Release date: June 22, 1935.
Series: Looney Tunes.
Supervision: Jack King.
Producer: Leon Schlesinger.
Starring: Jackie Morrow (Buddy), Billy Bletcher (Judge/Spider) and Bernice Hansen (Butterfly).
Musical Score: Norman Spencer.
Animation: Bob McKimson and Paul Smith.
Since there is a very annoying time-code which was taken from an old video tape and it's the only video that probably exists so far on the Internet; I'm afraid that this is gonna have to do. Don't worry; this Buddy cartoon and two more Buddy cartoons and Buddy'll be gone and out of our miseries.
Buddy is inside the bug-house and he is looking for the butterfly but he obviously can't find it. He then notices it on top of a flower. Buddy then grabs hold of the flower blocking the butterfly from escaping out of the petals but Buddy shakes it down the stem and ends up inside a glass and he traps it. Buddy sees another glass in which he has a bag of butterflies and places them inside another glass. At least they're not moths or otherwise they'll eat the damn bag but I hope they eat Buddy's damn clothes for my amusement. Buddy then walks to the next part and he sees a spider hanging onto a cob-string. Buddy pulls the string out of the spider.
The spider starts to climb up another table in which he frees a group of flies inside a jar in which he takes the lid off. The spider then starts to take the cork out of a bottle with a frog inside it. The spider is speaking to all the insects (that Buddy captured as part of his hobby) is speaking gibberish and I wonder if that was the concept. The spider then starts to take some steps back as he is going to get the cork out of the bottle himself - even if it's doing it the hard way. The cork then loosens and the frog is set free. Mmm; at least the gag works since frogs are pretty slippery to escape.
There is a ladybird design spoof in which she is dressed in dots like a normal ladybird. The frog (I imagine that maybe Bletcher did the voice of that frog) then sings about Buddy will be in trouble for what he did to the insects and species. They appear to be treating him as though that today is his Judgement Day. There appear to be these group of bugs that find a rollerskate and they break it in half - how come? Is it something to trap Buddy in or something? We'll find out - I guess.
Hear Ye, Hear Ye - Buddy Will Be Tried in Court for Cruelty to Insects.
The jury are sitting down in unused egg boxes; a sheriff then reaches to the scene in which he announces about the court about to start. A cuckoo clock then pops out of it's clock which I guess was part of the gag.
The next witness is a butterfly who seems to look like Cookie and of course; the voice is Bernice Hansen. The butterfly witnesses about something like her parents were taken away from Buddy and she "was left to die". The judge then says a line (that I can't make out what it is but I think it could be a reference). The next witness is a bird and is apparently voiced by Bernice Hansen's adult voice which is rare as she does the child voices. Another insect who appears to be dressed as a widow then witnesses: "That nasty old such and such..." and then speaks about that Buddy apparently ripped her husband and died. The witnessing here is pretty grim to listen to in this cartoon - even the one by the female butterfly - I wonder if this had influence on Pluto's Judgement Day but that cartoon wasn't released until August 1935 so who knows?
The judge then responds with this result with an "Okay - give him the worst" in which Buddy is taken out of his seat in which he is being sentenced to the Cigar lighter. It means that he is going to get burnt - obviously. The lighter is then switched on from low to full in which Buddy cries for help. Is he still stuck on that fire; I know he's tied up but couldn't he think of a neat idea like trying to crawl away from the cigar lighter so he probably wouldn't get burnt so much. This continues to happen until the dream starts to fade back into reality...
Due to that really annoying time counter that was all over the cartoon; this was in fact a pretty decent Buddy cartoon to watch; and of course it's one of his last. It was one of the earlier concepts of a dream fantasy in which Buddy is in trial until all is revealed at the end as it was a dream but of course it isn't one of the best at all. Some parts of it seemed rather dark to me; even the witnesses who call Buddy a murderer and of course he isn't - he's just bland and weedy - he could barely even hurt a fly. Acme appears to be used for the first time in this cartoon (well; at least in a Warner Bros. cartoon; does anyone know where it originated in cartoons)? Well, the good news is that at there will be two more reviews of the Warner Bros blandest animated character and afterwards he will be banished from the Looney Tunes forever at least 9 more reviews to go until we finally meet Tex Avery's cartoons - so stay tuned and keep reading the following reviews.