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A child would rather listen to the radio than go to bed, but mother insists. He sleeps, but at midnight, his toys come alive and put on a show for him (much of it recycled, though often ... See full summary »

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Bernice Hansen ...
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A child would rather listen to the radio than go to bed, but mother insists. He sleeps, but at midnight, his toys come alive and put on a show for him (much of it recycled, though often with different backgrounds, from earlier cartoons). Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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19 September 1936 (USA)  »

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This film short is included as a bonus on the Warner DVD of Shall We Dance (1937). See more »

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Edited from The Lady in Red (1935) See more »

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Let It Be Me
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Music by Allie Wrubel
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
Sung by the Bing Crosby caricature
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destiny turns off the radio...but merrily we roll along
30 July 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Friz Freleng's "Toy Town Hall" has the feel of one of the really early cartoons from Warner Bros., before they figured out the really zany path that they wanted to take (I believe that that started with Daffy Duck's debut). In this short, a boy wants to listen to the radio but has to go to bed. But in his bedroom, the toys put on their own radio show, often featuring celebrity caricatures. Toys just know no limits, do they? For me, at least, one of the most eye-opening moments was when one of the characters - I think that he might have been an Eddie Cantor caricature - sings "Merrily We Roll Along". For the uninitiated, that's the song played during the openings of Merrie Melodies cartoons while the Warner Bros. shield approaches (Looney Tunes cartoons play "Merry-Go-Round Broke Down"). So in that respect, this cartoon was sort of a sign of things to come, if unwittingly.

Anyway, it's an OK cartoon, a common representation of their pre-Bugs Bunny days.


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