Wednesday, December 7, 2011

122 An Itch In Time

Title: An Itch in Time
Studio: Warner Bros.
Date: 12/04/43 (12/4 in LTMM, 11/20 in OMAM)
Credits: - (but Clampett)
Series: Merrie Melodies (on a Blue Ribbon Rerelease)
Running time (of viewed version): 8:27
Commercial DVD Availability: LTGCv3d4

Synopsis: Flea eats his way through the Fudd house.

Comments: Horribly hatted Elmer. Reading a comic book featuring Porky and Bugs on the back cover. Animated fire just sitting on top of some logs. MArtian art on the wall of Elmer's very modern (for 1943) house. Dog butt. That's how you know it's a Clampett cartoon, even with Blue Ribbon titles. Hillbilly flea. "Food around the corner for me" song. Background painting of dog's head is lineless, which is unusual in context. Ration book. The fireplace is sweet (but flue-less). A pretty good Clampett cartoon because he's only screwing up Elmer. Jump in shot of dog's head to greater CU. ""Hey, I'd better cut this out, I may get to like it" feels like a lift. Santa imagery. Suicide ending with a handgun. Rocking chair just kinda floats. John Kricfalusi on the commentary unsurprisingly likes the look of Elmer. I disagree. It's good that the fireplace looks great, because it shows up a lot in this.

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