A toy soldier, distracted by a beautiful ice skater, is derelict in his duty and gets discharged. Later, when the screwball army declares war, he lucks into a chance to redeem himself.


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Credited cast:
Billy Bletcher ...
General Plank (voice)


In this Puppetoon, toy soldiers go to war; one is distracted by a pretty ice skater, and is disgraced as a result, almost causing defeat of the wooden army by a mechanized enemy. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Release Date:

26 December 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Madcap Models No. U1-1: Rhythm in the Ranks  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


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Visually nice, this looks like a kinder, gentler variation of Tulips Shall Grow

This George Pal Puppetoon is somewhat similar to Tulips Shall Grow, albeit a good deal more whimsical in tone than the later short was. Some of the figures used in Rhythm look like figures Pal used a couple of years later in Tulips without much modification. The next paragraph contains mild spoilers.

This short is visually quite nice and has a playful feel much of the time. Boy meets girl, boy fouls up, boy loses girl, boy gets punishment detail, a war starts and boy saves the day, boy gets girl. The ending on this is a bit unusual.

This short was nominated for the Academy Award for Animated Short and is well worth seeing. Recommended.

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