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Eatin' on the Cuff or The Moth Who Came to Dinner (1942)

A live-action piano player relates the story of the Moth who, on his way to marry his Honey Bee, falls into the clutches of an amourous black widow spider, who at one point disguises ... See full summary »

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A live-action piano player relates the story of the Moth who, on his way to marry his Honey Bee, falls into the clutches of an amourous black widow spider, who at one point disguises herself as Veronica Lake in an attempt to snare her man, er, bug. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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An Odd Dated Musical Cartoon
12 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first minute-and-a-half of this "short" is different from most cartoons you will see. We see a "live" piano player and singer (Rolfe Sedan) playing a little ditty about a moth who is about to marry his bee girlfriend. The moth lives in a closet somewhere, inside a "zoot suit."

When the song is over, we see the animated portion of the cartoon which begins with the moth saying, "Oh, happy day!" and then devouring three or four sets of clothes before leaving in his top hat and tails to get married. Later, we see a "widow" trying to nab him before he gets to the church and that's where most of the gags occur. We also see Mr. Sedan again at the end, and he performs the cartoon's final gag after finishing his song.

This whole cartoon is done in rhyme to the song...and it's very dated, suited mainly for smaller kids. Adults aren't going to get much out of this. Even the kids would have to be really small to enjoy this dated effort.

It wasn't total loss for me, as I did enjoy seeing the widow temporarily transform herself into Veronica Lake but you have to know who she is today to appreciate the reference. When this was made, she was a big star, but that was a long time ago and her stardom was gone by the end of the decade, and so were corny musical cartoons like this. When you see the ending of this cartoon, you'll really know what I mean.


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