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
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inanimate objects come to life, and even look at world events
"Billboard Frolics" was one of the many Warner Bros. cartoons in which inanimate objects come to life; others included "Have You Got Any Castles?", "You're an Education" and "Book Revue". The title identifies what comes to life here. There's Eddie Camphor and his why-oh-lean (violin) player Rub-Him-Off playing "Merrily We Roll Along", which of course became the theme song for the Merrie Melodies cartoons. Another poster advertises Cuba (I wonder whether or not they were allowed to show this cartoon after the Cuban Revolution). Yet another poster shows Russian rye dancing to a different version of "MWRA", while also mentioning the Five Year Plan.
If you've never studied Soviet history, you probably won't catch that reference. The Five Year Plan was Joseph Stalin's goal of turning the USSR's economy into one of the world powerhouses; not surprisingly, it didn't work out quite like he proposed.
But I digress. There are some pretty neat tricks in this cartoon. The last section has a bird chasing a worm, then a cat chases the bird, then a dog chases the cat. There's even an appearance by Ham & Armor baking soda. Pretty cool.
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