A robin sings, and the vegetation turns spring-like, followed by some more action by birds and bees. A grasshopper teaches his sons to chew and spit tobacco. Two spiders play the title tune... See full summary »
Shake Your Powder Puff
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Irving Kahal
Played at the beginning
Sung by by the bunny girls and duck boys
Also sung by the pigs and played often in the score See more »
This Merrie Melodies short proves nothing except that animators in the 1930s were on drugs.
It's inconceivable to me that children who watched these cartoons wouldn't be absolutely terrified. In this one, we're witness to a sort of vaudeville show with an all-animal cast, including a myopic turtle and a pig very proud of his ability to play the flute. There's a troupe of dancing "girls" who sing about "shaking your powder puff," and a dog (or wolf, or fox or something) keeps getting thrown out by the management.
This is an interesting curio, but it's totally whacked out. If you want to see it for yourself, you can find it as a special feature on the DVD release of the 1934 Astaire/Rogers film, "The Gay Divorcée."
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