Billboards come to life. Eddie Camphor and his "wioleen" player Rub-Him-Off do a song and dance to "Merrily We Roll Along" with new lyrics. A dancer on a Cuban tourism poster does a dance. ... See full summary »
Billboards come to life. Eddie Camphor and his "wioleen" player Rub-Him-Off do a song and dance to "Merrily We Roll Along" with new lyrics. A dancer on a Cuban tourism poster does a dance. Pancho's Tamales sing in Spanish; the Old Maid cleanser girls dance. Some Russian Rye bread dances to a Russian arrangement. The penguins for Old Colds cigarettes dance and skate, too. Two union suits do a dance, with their drop panel beating time on washtubs, as a set of lingerie dances and a Jell-O mold shakes. The My Ami chick goes after the worm in an apple, but catches the hose of an air pump instead and gets inflated. A cat comes after the chick. The bellhop for Philmore cigarettes calls out the support: A Police Chief gasoline car, the RCA dog (fake brand not visible), and finally the arm and hammer from a baking soda poster which clubs the cat on the head. Written by
Jon Reeves <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Early color cartoon has its moments with advertising products...
BILLBOARD FROLICS is an early two-strip color cartoon in which billboards advertising '30s products come to life with uneven results, some funny, some mystifying and others just falling short of being really humorous. Toward the end, it turns into a cat chases bird sequence that becomes tiresomely familiar to all devotees of cartoon shorts.
The animation is on the rough side, without the finesse we expect to see but didn't happen until the '40s, and the overall result is a bit disappointing. Best moment comes at the start, with the EDDIE CANTOR billboard coming to life with a jaunty "Merrily We Roll Along" song number. Other billboards become animated with results varying according to one's familiarity with the products. Cutest one: The Little Dutch Cleanser girls who step off the advertisements and do a Dutch dance.
The kiddies will be amused even if the ads are for products that no longer exist.
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