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Hollywood Canine Canteen (1946)

A group of celebrity dogs, led by an 'Edward G. Robinson' look-alike and including 'Jimmy Durante', decide that celebrity dogs need a nightclub of their own. What follows is very similar to ... See full summary »

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A group of celebrity dogs, led by an 'Edward G. Robinson' look-alike and including 'Jimmy Durante', decide that celebrity dogs need a nightclub of their own. What follows is very similar to Hollywood Steps Out (1941), except that all the celebrities are drawn as dogs. Notable gags: Dogwood & Blondie making a sandwich of bones; Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy washing dishes, with Stan putting the washed dishes back into the sink; Bud Abbott and 'Lou Costello' as dogs; a sheepdog with hair in his eyes who suddenly has perfect vision when a pretty girl walks by. In an extended scene, Leopold Bowowsky conducts an orchestra; after a series of spot gags, a tuba player misses his cue because he was getting a cup of water, then blows the wrong note because of a fly on his score. Bing Crosby, who was earlier greeting patrons, loses a girl to Frank Sinatra, who was hiding behind a pencil-thin tree. Kaynine Kyser leads his band; we see quick solos from several jazz players, like "Hairy" James and "... Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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References That's Right - You're Wrong (1939) See more »

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Music by Cliff Friend
Lyrics by Charles Tobias
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The Hollywood Dogs Do Their Bit
4 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

The caricature cartoon had become a staple in the late 1930's and lasted well into the late 40's. These are among the most fascinating of animation period pieces.

One of McKimson's first cartoons presents an interesting take on the subject. Instead of doing straight human caricatures or anthropomorphic animals, these caricatures are presented as the pets of the Hollywood stars.

The premise has multi layered references to World War II. The Hollywood Canteen was a club that offered food and entertainment for the servicemen during the war. This was the subject of a WB feature film of the same title during the war. In fact the cue that plays over the opening credits of this short, "Corns For My Country", was one of the featured songs from the feature. Certain breeds of dogs were also used in various capacities during the war. Hence, the premise of a Canteen for the war dogs.

This is also an interesting cartoon for McKimson. It's believed by many fans that his first few cartoons were actually started by Tashlin. While this notion has been dis-proved, this short does not feel at all like a McKimson directed short. His visual style is all there, but the idea of the cartoon and the feel of it is definitely reminiscent of Tashlin. In my opinion, this is the only short by McKimson that feels like a Tashlin leftover. But considering that McKimson got practically all of Tashlin's unit, there were bound to be some similarities for the first several cartoons.

Definitely an interesting period piece and one of the last WB cartoons of its kind from the caricature/Hollywood nightclub genre.


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