Starts out with a tribe of African cannibals imitating Native Americans. After this, they do the new Warner Bros. Looney Tunes theme "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down." Then a sloppy ... See full summary »

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Starts out with a tribe of African cannibals imitating Native Americans. After this, they do the new Warner Bros. Looney Tunes theme "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down." Then a sloppy stuttering salesman knocks on their doors, and they bring him in and put him in a pot of boiling water. The queen of the tribe wants to see the man. She falls in love with him. They get married, but when the salesman sees he has to kiss the bride, he decides he'd be better off being dinner for a tribe of hungry cannibals. Written by Steve Siegert <nsiegert@remc8.k12.mi.us>

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The traveling salesman character is modeled after radio's "Elmer Blurt," played by comedian Al Pearce. His weekly catch phrase was, "Nobody home, I hope - I hope - I hope!" The cannibal queen is based on the character Tizzie Lish, played by Bill Comstock, from the same program. Her regular greeting was, "Hello, folksies!" See more »

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Preacher: I now sentence you t' be man and wife, kiss the bride, that'll be two dollahs, please.
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Referenced in The Ducksters (1950) See more »

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The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down
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Written by Cliff Friend and Dave Franklin
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Big on stupidity but low on laughs
5 January 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Jungle Jitters isn't a complete waste of time, the animation backgrounds are crisp and detailed, rarely feeling stiff, and the whole cartoon looks colourful and vibrant. Carl Stalling's music is as characterful, rhythmically energetic and lushly orchestrated as always, the action always enhanced. Jungle Jitters has two amusing moments, one was the tribe envisioning the salesman as a turkey and the other being the final line. The two biggest problems however that Jungle Jitters has is that it is not particularly funny and that none of the characters are engaging. Apart from those two moments, the cartoon barely raises a smile, the main problem being that it's stupid in a mind-numbing sense and also that the style of humour would have been funny then but some people(myself included, coming from a huge animation fan and someone fond of a vast majority of Fritz Freleng's work) will find that it goes over their heads now. The Clark Gable and Robert Taylor references could have been funny but weren't executed well. Even more problematic are the characters, the tribe are very stereotypically characterised and while the stereotypes are not as blatantly racist as something like Scrub Me Mama with a Boogie Beat it is easy to see why they would offend some, they show very little personality either. The salesman is also incredibly annoying. The story is lacking in energy, while I did dislike the character designs especially after the rest of the animation being done as well as it was. Okay sure it's a cartoon and it makes sense for them to be exaggerated but these character designs looked ridiculous and borderline stupid(especially for the queen). Mel Blanc is one of the greatest voice actors who ever lived and had a knack of elevating the weakest of material, but here his material is some of the weakest he's ever had and this is one of few times where his voice work did nothing for me. Overall, a lot of stupidity here and unengaging characters but also apart from a couple of moments short of laughs. 4/10 Bethany Cox


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