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Smile, Darn Ya, Smile! (1931)

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A streetcar conductor has adventures with a would-be passenger hippo, a cow blocking the tracks, and a runaway train while he, his passengers, and some hobos sing the title song.

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Foxy is a streetcar driver who sings "Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!" as he drives along the tracks. Nearly everyone he encounters sings along: the hippo who can't fit into the car, the girl-fox who can, and the hobos on the side of the tracks. Even the characters on the billboards come to life and sing. Foxy's job is not without troubles. His first difficulty is the cow who blocks his way and refuses to move. Later, he's in more serious trouble when he loses control of the car, sending him and the girl-fox careening down the tracks at top speed. Written by J. Spurlin

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5 September 1931 (USA)  »

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Trivia

In the scene where Foxy was trying to push a hippo into the streetcar, which is clearly too small for her, she starts mumbling in gibberish. It's actually a backwards track and when played in reverse, she's clearly saying "Susie heard one of those Atlantic bells! Whataya think?" See more »

Goofs

The girl-fox on the streetcar sits down, but the animators forgot to draw the bench. (In the next shot, she sits down again, but this time the bench is there.) See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Foxy: [singing] Smile, darn ya, smile! / Smile, darn ya, smile! / Come on and smile, darn ya, smile!
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Christoph Waltz/Alabama Shakes (2013) See more »

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The Year of Jubilo
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Played when the streetcar happens upon a cow
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derivative of other cartoon shorts but zippy song
1 May 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I think this was the final cartoon to feature the character of Foxy (who was Mickey Mouse with pointed ears and a bushy tail), and like the others, it is purely a cartoon built around a song from the Warner Bros. back catalogue, in this case 'Smile, Darn Ya, Smile'.

The animation is fine but some situations had been used the year before with Bosko and Honey in 'Sinkin in the Bathtub' (the runaway train was a car before, and they were both stopped by a supercilious cow). It isn't that original and is relentlessly cheerful as many 1930s cartoons were.

Still, these animations are always of historical interest and are good to see, and this isn't at all bad, if you like that sort of thing.


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