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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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Trivia

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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On the Rue de la Paix
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Music by Werner R. Heymann
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Sung by Billy Goat and Ernie Bear as "How Do You Do, and How Are You?"
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Get A Load Of These Names!
12 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is another cartoon that is full of caricatured Hollywood celebrities. I guess really liked doing this in the mid to late 1930s.

The story is simple: it's a musical concert being held in the woods and broadcast over radio station KUKU. Featured is the "Woodland Community Swing,"

Most of the "stars" aren't performing but seated in the reserved seats. The gags with them are the puns concerning their names, converting them to animals, such as Eddie Gander, Sophie Turkey, W.C. Fieldmouse, Dick Fowl, Fats Swallow, Irvin S. Frog, Fred McFurry, Bing Crowsby, Al Goatson, Ruby Squealer, Deanna Terrapin, etc. You get the picture.

The talent show was lame except for two loudmouths: "Moutha Bray" and "Andy Bovine." The jokes were either way too dated or corny.

If I was familiar with announcer Alexander Woollcott and emcee Ben Bernie, who apparently were well-known during this period, I couldn't appreciated the caricatures more. That included a few other people whom I had no idea about. That's the problem with doing cartoons making fun of the culture. Seventy years later, few people know what you're talking about! Then again, who would have thought back then that there would be VHS and DVDs showing their work over a half-century later to whole new generations!


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