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The Woods Are Full of Cuckoos (1937)

A program for radio KUKU set in the woods, mostly starring birds as caricatures of celebrities of the day. The MC is bandleader Ben Birdie, heckled by Walter Finchell. Wendell Howell ... See full summary »

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Louella Possums / Martha Bray / Various (voice) (uncredited)
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Mr. Growlin / Alexander Owlcott / Milton Squirrel / Walter Finchell / Jack Bunny (voice) (uncredited)
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Ben Birdie (voice) (uncredited)
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Tizzie Fish (voice) (uncredited)
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Grace Moose / Lily Swans / Deanna Terrapin (voice) (uncredited)
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Joe Penguin / Andy Bovine / Various (voice) (uncredited)
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A program for radio KUKU set in the woods, mostly starring birds as caricatures of celebrities of the day. The MC is bandleader Ben Birdie, heckled by Walter Finchell. Wendell Howell prepares to lead a singalong; he gives several different page numbers in the songbook, then says, "Never mind, we won't use the books." The audience, responding "Oh yes we will" pelts him. Billy Goat and Ernie Bear introduce and sing the title song. Everyone sings along, except a fox, who informed he's singing the wrong song, responds, "Why don't somebody tell me these things?" We pan across a series of celebrity guests, like W.C. Field-mouse, Dick Fowl, Deanna Terrapin, Bing Crowsby, and the high-note competing duo of Grace Moose and Lily Swans. Tizzie Fish has a cooking segment. Finally, Louella Possums introduces a company performing a scene from The Prodigal's Return. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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4 December 1937 (USA)  »

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Unlike all the other caricatures which are of real people, "Tizzie Fish" is a parody of Tizzie Lish, a wacky old lady known for her crackpot recipes, who was a character played by Bill Comstock on the radio show Al Pearce and His Gang. See more »

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Edited from My Green Fedora (1935) See more »

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Are You from Dixie? ('Cause I'm from Dixie, Too!')
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Music by George L. Cobb
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Long Ago and Far Away
31 October 2005 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This is one of the earliest full color cartoons turned out by the Termite Terrace crew and I wouldn't expect you to be interested unless you are fairly familiar with popular culture seventy years ago and able to figure out, for example, that Lilly Swans is supposed to be Lily Pons -- there were three or four that escaped me (I have no idea who Tizzie Fish is supposed to be -- a radio cooking show host, apparently).

The cartoon is a just a series of "can you identify this one?" gags. You might be interested in looking at the Art Deco style of cartooning that Tash used in this one -- it showed up in a couple of other early color Loony Tunes like PAGE MISS GLORY and then vanished into the standard house style.


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