An old man is reading a book by the fire. The clock strikes 8, and he heads off to bed. From his book, Alice in Wonderland, out crawls Alice, who turns the radio to the title tune. This ... See full summary »

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An old man is reading a book by the fire. The clock strikes 8, and he heads off to bed. From his book, Alice in Wonderland, out crawls Alice, who turns the radio to the title tune. This wakes up Rip Van Winkle; Alice then rouses the Three Musketeers, who sing a bit. Next tune: Nero fiddles, Rome burns, and Cleopatra sizzles in a slinky dance. Uncle Tom sings a spiritual as Mr. Hyde sneaks up and abducts Alice. Tarzan to the rescue, along with several other characters who mount a spirited attack using such office supplies as pen points, matches, and a fountain pen. They box him up and carry him off. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Celebrity caricatures include (in order): Rudy Vallee (singer on the radio), Fredric March (as Mr. Hyde), Johnny Weissmuller (as Tarzan), and Douglas Fairbanks (as Robin Hood). See more »

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Not a Great Cartoon, but...
13 February 2008 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Very few of the cartoons directed by Rudolf Ising -- or his partner, Hugh Harman -- for Merrie Melodies were very good. They were still far too busy trying to create Disney look-alikes (like Bosko, for Mickey Mouse), maintain their contracts and deal with their intermediary, Leon Schlesinger, whom they would shortly try to cut out of the equation and who would reply by raiding their shop and forming the nucleus of Termite Terrace. Nonetheless, they had a few good ideas and this one, in which a man leaves his library and characters emerge from books, would become a staple of cartoons for the next dozen years, leading to pictures set in drug stores, road signs, neon lights and book stores.

This cartoon, therefore, is not very good, but is important enough to warrant your looking at it.


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