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Beauty and the Beast (1934)

A little girl falls asleep and dreams she is in Toyland, where she and a toy soldier contend with the Beast from "Beauty and the Beast."

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A little girl has a late night snack and falls asleep. She finds herself in a land where toys and nursery rhymes have come to life. Three heralds sing a welcome song warning her of the beast. Six wooden soldiers march in formation; she kisses the leader, who blushes and falls for her. Speaking of falling, Humpty Dumpty laughs at this and falls off, revealing five wooden ducks who do a song-and-dance number, ending by crashing into some alphabet blocks and spelling out "nertz." The soldier leads the girl to a bookshelf, where they sing the title song (helped by some other books). The finish, turn the page, and the beast comes out of the page after her. A fight ensues, with the soldier sending a toy airplane after the beast (it shaves stripes in its fur), along with some less effective attacks. The attack wakes the little girl up, and she climbs into her bed. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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14 April 1934 (USA)  »

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La bella y la bestia  »

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This is the second in the Merrie Melodies series made in Cinecolor. Warner Bros. had to use this inferior two-color process because Disney still had an exclusive contract with Technicolor for animation produced in three-color Technicolor. See more »

Goofs

When the girl and the toy soldier open the giant book to show the lyrics to the "Beauty and the Beast" song, one of the lines reads "her poor nerves would fail her". But when the song is sung, the singers sing, "Her poor heart would fail her". See more »

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[first lines]
Sandman: It's time, little girl, for a sleep.
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Beauty and the Beast
(1934)
Music by Harry Ruby (as Ruby)
Lyrics by Bert Kalmar (as Kalmar)
Sung as "Welcome Little Girl" by the three who greet the girl
Also sung by the girl and the toy soldier
Also played after the beast grabs the girl
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Mary Jane???
9 April 2004 | by (Wichita, Kansas) – See all my reviews

There is some controversy in the world of Looney Tune & Merrie Melody fandom if the main character of this short, the little girl who enters The Land of Slumber, is indeed the long-running comic book character Mary Jane.

Sniffles the mouse was once described as "Chuck Jones' first star", but he only appeared in about a dozen Merrie Melodies and one Looney Tune in the 1930s and 1940s. He did have a cameo appearance in 1994's "Space Jam", but the fans who remember him at all generally remember his backup feature in the comic book "Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies" (later simply "Looney Tunes") that ran continuously from 1941 thru 1961, a run matched only by Bugs and Porky. The feature had him teamed up with a little girl named Mary Jane, and in fact after the first issue was re-titled "Sniffles and Mary Jane". (In the 1950s this was renamed "Mary Jane and Sniffles".)

So is the "Beauty" of "Beauty and the Beast" in fact Mary Jane? The evidence in its favor includes: 1) The little girl looks like Mary Jane as she was drawn in the very first comic books; 2) She enters Dreamland the same way in the short and the comics, by having magic sand sprinkled on her; 3) In her adventures, she shrinks to toy (or mouse) size; and 4) In her adventures, toys and dolls come to life. Furthermore, although she is not called (or credited as) "Mary Jane" in the short, she is not called any other name either, so the short does not rule out that she MIGHT be the Mary Jane of comic fame.

In fairness, the creator of Mary Jane for the comics, editor Chase Craig (who named the character after his wife) never claimed to have seen "Beauty and the Beast". (In fact, when he developed the series, only three "Sniffles" cartoons existed and he had only seen one of them!)

Officially, the similarity of "Beauty" to Mary Jane is considered a bit of a coincidence, nothing more. But fans will always wonder if perhaps, in the back of the creator's mind, the little girl with the late night snack became Sniffles' longstanding friend.

(For the record, both the little girl and her tin soldier friend from this short make a return appearance in "Those Beautiful Dames" later that same year.)


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