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
Jon Reeves <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 »
Ach Du Lieber Augustine
(ca 1768) (uncredited)
Traditional German folksong See more »
If you've never seen a 'Captain & The Kids' animated short, this is probably one of the best in the series to start with (it was,in fact,the very first one that M-G-M produced). It was loosely based on the Katzenjammer Kids comic series that ran for years in the newspapers. They were very well detailed (drawn)& very well animated. The pacing was as frantic as any Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies animated short from that period. Alas,they were (mostly)filmed in black & white, resulting in them being largely ignored by time (most animated shorts at the time were filmed in various colour processes). The plot here concerns the household in their annual Spring cleaning frenzy,except for the Captain who decides to fake being sick to get out of it. This is spotted by the kids (Hans & Fritz)who take the place of the doctor,contacted by Mama, to put poor 'ol Captain thru the wringer (just to teach him a lesson). What follows is sheer chaos in this sadly overlooked laugh riot.
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