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Wake Up the Gypsy in Me (1933)

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A camp of Russian gypsies, dancing and playing music. After an opening dance, a quartet of beer-drinkers gargles the Volga Boatman song, then another group hauling on a rope sings it (we ... See full summary »

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A camp of Russian gypsies, dancing and playing music. After an opening dance, a quartet of beer-drinkers gargles the Volga Boatman song, then another group hauling on a rope sings it (we finally see that the other end of the rope is anchored by a very small dog). A trench-coated bomber sneaks into the palace, where we see Rice-Puddin', the mad monk, cheating at a jigsaw puzzle. He spies the activity in the gypsy camp and orders a henchman to fetch the gypsy girl. The villagers revolt as a result, sending The Mad Monk scrambling on his horse; they stuff a bomb into his pants just as he turns his horse into a helicopter, and it explodes. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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13 May 1933 (USA)  »

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Spoofs Rasputin and the Empress (1932) See more »

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Song of the Volga Boatmen
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Traditional Russian folk tune
Sung and gargled by a quartet
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Fun Cartoon With Tons Of Sight Gags
9 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first half of this cartoon is a musical but the whole cartoon is filled with sight gags, and they include some very funny clever ones. It's just one of those early 1930s frenetic animations where anything can happen. There are so many in here, I lost count, but I enjoyed most of them.

Other reviewers here have pointed out the history, a take on "Rasputin" and the Russian Revolution but it's basically not a serious message, just a fun cartoon with, as mentioned, tons of humorous sights. It was designed to draw laughs from theater audiences at the time, especially the kids. If it gave a few digs to the Russian oppressors, all the better.

What's good about this cartoon, is that it's still humorous 75 years later! The beginning of this Merrie Melodies cartoon features some good cossack dance music as villagers whoop it up in the streets. Then we see "Rice Puddin - The Mad Monster" cheating his way while trying to figure out a crossword puzzle (cutting pieces to fit slots). A little girl is in danger in his presence and that's all I'll say, not wanting to ruin anything.

I saw this as a bonus feature on the "Picture Snatcher" DVD, a feature film starring James Cagney. That was pretty wild, too!


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