Wednesday, June 29, 2011

069 Canine Commandos

Title: Canine Commandos
Studio: Lantz
Date: 06/28/43
Ben Hardaway
Milt Schaffer
Darrell Calker
Verne Harding
Series: Andy Panda
Running time (of viewed version): 6:45
Commercial DVD Availability: -

Synopsis: Dog army training blackout cartoon.

Comments: Strangely blue title card (tho it could be the print). Sign opening. "Snap A Jap" sign could be the reason it's not on a disc. The look of the cartoon is also Hardaway-esque. The music sounds like it's ending throughout the cartoon. Fleas are given hobo beards. Barely an Andy Panda cartoon.

It might be interesting to directly compare this and Soup to Mutts from '39.

Monday, June 27, 2011

068 The Yankee Doodle Mouse

Title: The Yankee Doodle Mouse
Studio: MGM
Date: 06/26/43
Directed by
William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Animation ...
Irven SPence
Pete Burness
Kenneth Muse
George Gordon
Music ...
Scott Bradley
Series: Tom and Jerry
Running time (of viewed version): 7:28
Commercial DVD Availability: TJSCv1d1

Synopsis: Tom and Jerry fight per usual.

Comments: Obviously a retitle as it says "Academy Award Winner of 1943" and shows the Oscar. Cat raid shelter. Eggs are hen grenades. Champagne bottles look attractive. Puckery Tom. Injury to crotch/bottom. Semi blackface sunflower gag. More eye acting in this than I expect in a T&J. Cut blackface gag after tiny firecracker? Nippley bra. Why did it win the Oscar? It's not especially wartime (it has war references, but not more than most other cartoons have), and it's not especially good.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

BoxOffice June 26, 1943

BoxOffice June 26, 1943

Walter Lantz 3D discovery issue

"Major Alexander P. de Seversky, recently completed live-action scenes in Walt Disney's "Victory Through Air Power," is here for the world premiere at Harry M. Bessey, secrethe Globe tary-treasurer of Altec Service, has reYork from a week's trip turned to New through the south."

""Victory Through Air Power," Walt Disney's UA subject, will be given a two-page layout in the July 13 issue of Look."


"Walt Lantz Reports Lensing Discovery

Walter Lantz. head of the Universal carlune studio which bears his name. has announced development of a new type of photography which will show the inside workings of intricate machinery, Lantz has ordered construction of a specially-built camera, costing $15,000. and will use the new lensing discovery on a series of training pictures which he is making for the navy. Lantz stated that the new- apparatus will enable them to make rear projection shots with the process screen, and also to shoot three-dimensional pictures."


"Another issue between employers and employees will probably go to arbitration as the result of the request by the Screen Cartoonist Guild for hearings before a board on its demands for two weeks' vacation with pay for SCG members employed at the Leon Schlesinger and Walter Lantz Studios."

""Canine Commandos" and "Ration Bored," a pair cartoon briefies carrying OWI recommendations, completed by WALT LANTZ Cartunes"

"Bambi - hesitated in buying this one as the Disney feature-length cartoons have never done well here. This one surprised me. It was played on a double feature bill and did very well. Played Fri., Sat. Weather: Good. E. S. Tompkins, Winfield, Winfield, Iowa. Farmer patronage. "

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"Ration for the Duration

(Popeye) 8 Mins. Paramount Swell. Popeye fans, and their name is leresurgence of the gion, will welcome the gravel-voiced sailor with the can of spinach. It's one of the funniest in recent memory. This short reminds one of the Popeye of old
who threw audiences



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a dream version

into gales of laughter. cartoon, becomes an actor of Jack and the Bean-

"Jackwabbit and the Beanstalk

7 Mins. (Merrie Melodies) Vitaphone Very Good. The fable of Jack and the Beanstalk is returning to favor once again. Bugs Bunny crosses swords with the giant and he comes out victorious in this ludicrous cartoon. Bugs is caught trespassing on the giant's carrot patch. The latter tries to punish the cocky rabbit, but Bugs turns the tables. Everyone with a sense of humor will get his or her share of chuckles out of the footage."

"The Aristo Cat

7 Mins. (Merrie Melodies) Vitaphone Good. In a dream, a pampered cat is left alone in a mansion to fend for himself. Panicky at the thought of having to feed himself he confronts two mice, who soon learn he is ignorant of the ways of the world. The rodents, taking advantage of the feline's naivete, sic him on a huge English bulldog. The fur flies when the cat tries to eat the

Who Killed Who


(M-G-M Cartoon) 8 Mins. Good. This release has the spark of originality, though sound effects are a bit on the noisy side. It starts off with a flesh-andblood actor, then lapses into a cartoon mystery. There are many ludicrous situations that will garner laughs aplenty.


Friday, June 24, 2011

067 Mopping Up

Title: Mopping Up
Studio: Terry
Date: 06/25/43
Credits: -
Series: -
Running time (of viewed version): -
Commercial DVD Availability: -

Synopsis: -

Comments: Yet another missing cartoon. The poster image may or may not be a mock up. I would guess it involves swabbing decks and WWII, but who really knows.

Mopping up
Document number:
Date of Recordation:
September 11, 1987
Entire Copyright Document:
V2299 P253-525
Registration Number Not Verified:
Mopping up / (Terrytoon cartoon) R490676.
Variant title:
Terrytoon cartoon
Title appears in Document:
G.I. blues & 1644 other titles. (Part 003 of 008)

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

066 The Hungry Goat

1943 Number: 066
Title: The Hungry Goat
Studio: Famous
Date: 06/25/43
Dan Gordon
Joe Oriolo
John Walworth
Carl Meyer
Series: Popeye
Running time (of viewed version): 6:48
Commercial DVD Availability: Popeye v3d2

Synopsis: Saboteur goat pulls one over on the good guys.

Comments: Goat walks across the title. That nasally voice on the goat... Self referential, gets the projectionist to run the film back. Mural about recycling your cans for a scrap metal drive. Tit eyes on the goat. Popping from reaction to reaction to save n animation. Admiral is Popeye's voice. Popeye is an ineffectual background villain. Nice silhouette of the admiral in the movie theater. And the goat wins in the end over Popeye and the navy. Thats... odd. Jerry Beck's commentary mentions he thinks they're trying to make a Tex Avery style cartoon, and he's not wrong. There's something of NBC's Telecomics about this. I don't like it.