Thursday, July 28, 2011

078 Keep 'Em Growing

Title: Keep 'Em Growing
Studio: Terry
Date: 07/28/43
Story by
John Foster
Directed by
Mannie Davis
Music by
Philip A. Scheib
Running time (of viewed version): 6:30
Commercial DVD Availability: -

Synopsis: The animals keep the farm going instead of making their break for freedom.

Comments: Some sort of new pro war tune over the credits, as was common for Terry. Cartoon addresses the labor shortage; with so many young men overseas, there weren't enough around to do the local work (in a non-farm context, this led to Rosie the Riveter and such). The cartoon posits that the farm animals can do the farm work. Which I'm sure that pig who will certainly be made into bacon should be happy to do... It's kinda like Slaughterhouse 5 that way; if they work in the fortified syrup factory, they might be able to steal enough to keep themselves alive. Chicken conga. Caterpillar making holes (maybe that's a screw worm?). Cutting corners on the maturing produce animation. Is that a bear or a dog? Still can't show udders, tho they're implied behind a wall. There's a clothed pig, but naked piglets; which is kinda weird. Those are some spaced out chickens being cheered to (they're a background level, but c'mon). The dirty goat plow. Hard to believe this is the same year as the WB cartoons of this year. Little black ducks eating watermelon; racial or no? One shot of the bull has a weird baby face. I would suspect this is a remake; I have trouble believing there aren't a ton of Terrytoons with the animals doing the farming.

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