Mama has everyone working on spring cleaning, or so she thinks; in fact, everyone's slacking off in various ways. The Captain is the only one to get caught and face her wrath, though. To ... See full summary »
Mama has everyone working on spring cleaning, or so she thinks; in fact, everyone's slacking off in various ways. The Captain is the only one to get caught and face her wrath, though. To escape, he fakes illness, but the boys catch him at it. Mama calls the doctor; the boys intercept him and impersonate him. They get revealed, but so does the Captain, and Mama puts him to work doing everyone's job. Written by
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On Friday, 1 October 1937, MGM signed Robert Allen as director of its new series of cartoons based on Rudolph Dirks's "The Captain and the Kids" newspaper comic-strip feature. The company also signed George Gordon as layout man and animator for the series. Gordon had previously been with TerryToons for seven years. See more »
"The Katzenjammer Kids" is the longest running comic strip of them all. Rudolf Dirks created it in 1897 and would later continue it under the title "The Captain and the Kids" (a long story). The longevity is understandable. The characters are naturally funny. The very sight of them suggests dysfunction. "Cleaning House" is the first of 15 cartoons MGM would produce with them. A bit frenzied, it still manages to capture some of the charm of the strip. Der Inspector even makes an appearance. The kids are bent on raising hell, and Der Captain, not surprisingly, is a bit of an overgrown kid himself.
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