We see the various birds, mice, and bats that have moved into an old windmill, followed by the frogs, crickets, and fireflies making their music in an adjacent pond. Then a storm comes, ... See full summary »
Scrappy does not want to get up and go to school. As the days peel off his calendar, the dates representing holidays come to life. Father time, in particular, takes Scrappy on a tour of the... See full summary »
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A mouse ventures out of his hole at a quarter after midnight. His tail gets caught in a mousetrap, but he escapes unharmed. It looks as if the coast is clear. He waves forth the other mice. Out they come, young and old, male and female, all ready to play music and have fun. But though the house is safe inside, outside lurks a very hungry cat. He manages to break inside and eat the cuckoo bird out of a clock for an appetizer. For his main course, he wants a mouse. But he'll have to deal with the entire mouse community, and their resourceful use of musical instruments as weapons, before he'll get one. Written by
The first Oscar-nominated Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoon
And it's a good one, well worth seeing for more than just historical interest and a worthy nomination. There have been much better Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons since, but 'It's Got Me Again' is a very good early effort.
'It's Got Me Again' is admittedly very light on plot, more an excuse really to string along gags and song and dance numbers (sounds like a bad thing, but it actually comes off better than it sounds), and a bit creaky occasionally like at the beginning. Other than that, there is nothing really bad about 'It's Got Me Again'.
The animation is very good (and agreed, somewhat Disney-like, unusual but interesting), very detailed, smooth, remarkably fluid from each frame and meticulous in design and detail, the black and white is also pleasing on the eye and avoids being primitive. The song and dance moments are fun and pleasant, especially the Al Jolson-esque one, with energetic and beautifully orchestrated incidental scoring, not exactly ones that will burn in the memory forever but they hardly bring the cartoon down at all.
While it's not hilarious, 'It's Got Me Again' has some fun and very clever gags. The Al Jolson moment is definitely great, but the highlight has to be the introduction of the cat. The mice are cute and amusing, but making more of an impression is the cat who is a great character. The voice acting is stellar.
Overall, the first Oscar-nominated Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoon proves itself worthy of it. Not one of the best cartoons ever made, but holds up nicely. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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