Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Title: Cow Cow Boogie
Studio: Walter Lantz
Date: 01/03/43 (BoxOffice may say this is actually January 4)
Gene de Paul
"Boogie Woogie" Piano ... Meade "Lux" Lewis
Ben Hardaway ... Milt Schaffer
Series: Swing Symphony
Running time (of viewed version): 6:41
Commercial DVD Availability: -
Synopsis: Cowboys like to stay at the ranch and sing Home on the Range, foreman utilizes passing piano player to round up the herd.
Comments: One of the two Lantz cartoons (out of 10 total) for the year which are not on official US DVD releases. Which is a bit odd as this was intended as a big enough short to have sheet music released for it (with Alex Lovy's name on the art; see below). Big lipped black caricature may explain the absence, or perhaps it's the scene when he's lassoed and abducted out of his clothes... Discouraging word: "itsgodagaininnit"? Udder cover that goes on the head; to avoid a bra joke? One bull shoots another in the face. The rushing cowpokes look weird and stilted; kinda floaty. Some of the cowhands retain the look of characters form '39 Lantz cartoons. And the cattle wave happily on the train to slaughter.
Meade "Lux" Lewis supposedly was the piano player in It's A Wonderful Life in Nick's Bar. The player in the short doesn't appear to be a caricature of him, as he seemed to be fat by this point, and had hair. Tho I suppose he might not be the singer... The character looks a bit like a grown up version of the form of Lil' Eightball that was still appearing in comics.