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Have You Got Any Castles? (1938)

Another entry in the "books come alive" subgenre, with possibly more books coming alive than any other. We begin with some musical numbers, notably the various pages of Green Pastures all ... See full summary »

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Town Crier / Praying Baby / Rip Van Winkle / Emily Host / Alladin (voice) (uncredited)
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Another entry in the "books come alive" subgenre, with possibly more books coming alive than any other. We begin with some musical numbers, notably the various pages of Green Pastures all joining in on a song, The Thin Man entering The White House Cookbook and exiting much fatter, and The House of Seven (Clark) Gables singing backup to Old King Cole. The Three Musketeers break loose, become Three Men on a Horse, grab the Seven Keys to Baldpate, and set the Prisoner of Zenda free. They are soon chased by horsemen from The Charge of the Light Brigade and Under Two Flags and beset by the cannons of All Quiet on the Western Front. All this disturbs the sleep of Rip Van Winkle, who opens Hurricane so that everyone is (all together now) Gone with the Wind. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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In the Public Domain since 1966 when United Artists (successor to Associated Artists Productions) fails to renew the copyright on this cartoon within the 28-year period. See more »

Quotes

Rip Van Winkle: Old King Cole is a noisy old soul.
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Spoofs Rio Rita (1929) See more »

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Swing for Sale
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Music by Saul Chaplin
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by the Cab Calloway and Mills Brothers caricatures
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Warner Brothers have produced some of the most timeless cartoons in the history of animation; this isn't one of them.
29 September 2011 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

A virtually plot-less Warner Brothers animated short from 1938, 'Have You Got Any Castles?' takes place in a library on a snowy night, where classic characters from an eclectic selection of books come alive to sing, dance and fight.

The only thing stranger about this cartoon than it being an extra on my DVD of Sonny Chiba's The Street Fighter is the praise it gets from virtually everyone here on IMDb. They seem to find 'Have You Got Any Castles?' utterly charming and very amusing, whereas I found it to be terribly dated, nauseatingly twee, and fairly dull, with nasty characterisation (including several cruel racial stereotypes), predictable puns, and 'topical' jokes that might amuse avid fans of 30s film and popular literature, but which will probably leave many of today's viewers wondering what the fuss is all about.


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