Wednesday, November 30, 2011

119 Daffy the Commando

Title: Daffy - the Commando
Studio: WB
Date: 11/28/43
I. Freleng
Michael Maltese
Ken Champin
Musical Direction
Carl W. Stalling
Series: Looney Tunes
Running time (of viewed version): 7:23
Commercial DVD Availability: LTGCv6d2

Synopsis: Daffy parachutes into Germany, apparently to briefly annoy Hitler.

Comments: Good title card. Stiff breeze fluttering the flag. Anthropomorphic Nazi (it was a human in the title card); telegram names him Uberkomt Von Vultur. Three monkey axis on the stationery (musolini crossed off). Referred to as Apes of Wrath. "It's your ka-rear", as in, "it's your ass". Black feet on commander. Schultz has brown feet (and a green beak (and sometimes face). Silhouette shot. Some sort of low class British song form Daffy. Hand puppet can can. Was WWII fought over who got to use the phone? The scrolling shot coming out of the cannon is impressive looking; technically I suppose it's very well thought out to mimic a (tilt?) pan moving on the X and Y axis. Realistic-ish Hitler. I am uncertain if some of the commander's opening speech (there is some English interspersed with not English) is gibberish or German. Has a stripper poster in a background.

Monday, November 28, 2011

118 What's Buzzin' Buzzard

Title: What's Buzzin' Buzzard?
Studio: MGM
Date: 11/27/43
Directed by
Tex Avery
Ed Love
Ray Abrams
Preston Blair
Music Scott Bradley
Running time (of viewed version): 8:13
Commercial DVD Availability:

Synopsis: In time of need, two vultures turn on each other.

Comments: Silhouette title card. Two buzzard cartoons in a row. Shortnin' Bread plays over title. Painted desert painted by local 852; an animation related union for MGM? Jimmy Durante vocal caricature. Don't know if vulture Joe is a vocal caricature. Steak photo. Self referential drooling intertitle. On screen food label. Big bulbous nose on rabbit. Lots of held up signs this cartoon. Mutual tit eyes. Weird reverse curves on vulture skulls. Knifeplay. Rattlesnake pun. Another appearance of meatless Tuesday. Self referential film interruption at the end as well.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Boxoffice, November 27, 1943

BoxOffice November 27, 1943

Unusually, they reviewed a Blue Ribbon reissue down below...

"Cartoon Screen Rights

New York— Republic has acquired from Stephen Slesinger the screen rights to the newspaper cartoon .series called "Red Ryder," starring Wild Bill Elliott, a cartoon character created by Fred Harmon. The strip is distributed through NEA to 700 papers. There is also a Red Ryder magazine, published by Hawley, which is said to have a two million circulation."

"Pal to compose an original score lor color Puppetoon. And to Think That Mulberry Straat,"

MAURICE DE PACKH has been engoged by George"

"The conference now has 6,000 members mcluding painters, machinists, film technicians, cartoonists, office workers, and set


"To Compose Original Score

Maurice n<- Piirkh has been engaged by George Piil Id compo.sp an original score for the Technicolor Puppetoon, "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.""

"Manager Len Herbert ran a special Saturday morning show of cartoons and comedies for children, admission being at least three magazines. The result was more than 3.000 suitable magazines received"

Showmandiser p14
"Aladdin's Lamp

7 Mins.

(Terrytoon Cartoon)

doughboys learn to their amazement of the wonders of Aladdin's Lamp in this modern version of the beloved fable. Kids in particular should go for this footage.


Goodnight Rusty

Paramount (Madcap Models) 71/2 Mins. Very Good. George Pal works his customary magic in this tale ol a little boy who Strange secretly smokes his first cigar. things soon begin to happen as the cigars come to life and scare the daylights out of him. Chastened, the lad gets back into bed as his mother opens the door to bid him goodnight. In chorus, the living cigars whisper: "goodnight, mother!

The Lion and the Mouse


(Terrytoon Cartoon)

7 Warn.

Entertaining. The younger element should figuratively toss their hats in the air over this streamlined treatment of the "Lion and the Mouse" fable. But instead of the lion falling into a trap made of rope, he falls into
a deep well. The mouse is converted into a Superman-mouse for the nonce. Then to repay the debt he owes the lion, he proceeds to rescue him from the we!!"

"Reissue (Blue Ribbon Cartoons) 7 Mins. Swell. Warner chose wisely in bringing back this cartoon, one of the funniest seen In sure to please all age recent years. It's groups. The western town of "Sleepy Valley" is continually being harassed by bank raids The latter esperpetuated by "The Terror. capes many traps set for him. Our hero, however,


trapping the elusive banThe footage furnishes countless hearty









"took second prize of $50 among exhibitors west of the Mississippi for his campaign on Walt Lantz Cartimes. Joe Katz, manager of the Grand in Benld, 111., won the second prize of $100 for featurette exploitation in cities with less than 10.000 population and second prize of $50 among exhibitors east of the Mississippi for exploitation of Walt Lantz Cartunes."(plus more on this)

"for service, now is stationed in Tennessee Remember Carl D. Jensen, Hartford Courant reporter? He now is an army air force officer candidate at the Governor Hotel. Miami Beach, Fla. Prior to his work for the Courant Jensen was employed by the Walt Disney studios in California Joe DiLorenzo of the Daly"

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Phantom Chapter 13

Go to chapter 13

The Road To Zoloz.

Starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. Wait. No.

Batman show style oblique angles.
Poisoned drink? Inconceivable!

Phantom holds a cigarette like a joint.

Friday, November 25, 2011

117 Yokel Duck Makes Good

Title: Yokel Duck Makes Good
Studio: Terry
Date: 11/26/43
Story by
John Foster
Directed by
Eddie Donnelly
Music by
Philip A. Scheib
Running time (of viewed version): 6:26
Commercial DVD Availability: -

Synopsis: Cornball duck gets the business form those nature slicker waterfowl, until he proves himself useful.

Comments: The ducklings appear to be swimming in place , then they start moving with the background, but there is a jump. Almost inconceivable that this was a 1943 cartoon. The cartoony white duck is more of '43. Still not exactly current tho. He applies talc like my grandfather did. Bird fist fight. I think he's going to have sex with that swan. In the continuous opening pan (with the slight jump) we go from painted ducks to cel ducks at different ends.