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Sweet Sioux (1937)

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A satirical look at Hollywood's versions of the American West that features an Indian maiden who is is a dead-ringer for Martha Raye, while the Warner Bros. orchestra plays "The ... See full summary »

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A satirical look at Hollywood's versions of the American West that features an Indian maiden who is is a dead-ringer for Martha Raye, while the Warner Bros. orchestra plays "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down," while the attacking Indians are circling the lone covered wagon. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Months before "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" became the Looney Tunes theme song, the score for "Sweet Sioux" quotes "Merry-Go-Round" when the attacking Indians are circling the covered wagon. This was the first Warner Bros. cartoon to use "Merry-Go-Round." See more »

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Written by Charles Lofthouse, Schuyler Knowlton and Stanley Adams
Sung with substitute lyrics by the Martha Raye caricature
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Freleng leads the way
2 February 2010 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

While you may be an especial fan of Chuck Jones, or Tex Avery or even, like me, Bob Clampett, there is little doubt that at this stage Friz Freleng was and would remain the Grand Old Man of Termite Terrace, having begun as part of Walt Disney's Kansas City crew.

This rather work-a-day and, by modern standards, racist cartoon of Indians attacking a covered wagon is perfectly paced in its gag construction and works very well with Carl Stalling's musical score -- the man who, also part of Disney's original operations, had invented Mickey-Mousing.

In addition, Freleng plays a few tricks, like some extreme point-of-view shots around the three-minute mark -- notice the war drummers and the war dancers. It's quite possible he did this at the urging of Frank Tashlin, who was fond of such shots, but there are a couple of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoons from the late 1920s, which also use extreme POV.

The result is a typically superior Freleng cartoon. Enjoy!


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