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Available as an extra on the Warner DVD of 'G' Men (1935). See more »

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Lulu's Back in Town
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Played during the opening credits
Also played during the letter sequence at the beginning
Also played when Buddy hitches a ride into the prison
Sung by the prisoners
Also sung and played when Buddy takes over the prison
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Buddy's less than inspired swan song
20 September 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Now a fairly obscure character, Buddy was the second Warner Brothers Looney Tunes character, after Bosko and followed by Beans the Cat. Buddy didn't last long, being retired in 1935 after 23 cartoons starting in 1933.

The Buddy cartoons are intriguing to see how very early Looney Tunes characters, before the iconic ones with far more interesting and funnier personalities were introduced, fared. His filmography is very much variable, most ranging between mediocre and decent though 'Buddy's Adventures' is one of the rare very good Buddy cartoons. His swan song cartoon 'Buddy the Gee Man' is one of his weakest and one can see why it was his last and why Buddy himself didn't click and last longer.

'Buddy the Gee Man' certainly has things that make it a one-time watch, if only for completest sake. The animation is nicely drawn and detailed with the black and white looking crisp, some of it is inventive. Even better is the very energetic and cleverly orchestrated music score. Music played a big part in the Buddy cartoons and it was essential for it to work.

It has the occasional mildly amusing moment and the voice acting is good.

However, 'Buddy the Gee Man' has the same issues that hinder his average or less, and mostly his cartoons in general, hence the reiteration. is very weak in terms of story, one would be forgiven for not remembering there being much of one and what there is is so formulaic and hastily put together one is a couple of steps ahead of the cartoon the whole time, which takes away from the enjoyment. Pacing is often very dull, which makes a very short cartoon feel longer.

Regarding the humour, 'Buddy the Gee Man' is very much lacking. There is nothing genuinely funny here, the best sporadic moments only being mildly amusing at best. The supporting characters don't register enough and it all gets too cutesy at times. Buddy is part of the problem too, like in all his lesser-just straining average cartoons he just isn't a particularly interesting or compelling in personality character, pretty bland actually, and his comic timing is barely there.

Overall, mediocre lesser Buddy swan song that is a one-time completest watch and nothing more. 4/10 Bethany Cox


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