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How Dry I Am
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Od, but interesting, sing-along short from Fleischer
15 December 2006 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This is an odd little entry from Fleischer in their Screen Song sing-along series. About half animation, half sing-along and a little hard to describe. Because I want to discuss some details, this is a spoiler warning:

There really isn't all that much to this one. It starts out with mice taking buckets of water and splashing them on an elephant bathing behind a screen and just kind of goes on from there. Either mice are scrubbing other animals or the animals are washing themselves.

There are two bits which I particularly like-one where a mouse is bathing cats using a tub and washboard, like a laundrywoman and a bit where a mouse, trying to get a sleeping dog to continue cranking a water-pump, pulls a pair of dice from his pocket and they morph into a bone (a slang expression for dice is "bones").

After the cleaning finishes, a rather odd rabbit assembles the animals into an orchestra and then very exaggeratedly tells the audience that they will be playing the title tune and encourages the audience to sing along by following the "bouncing ball".

There follows the standard lyric display, though the last part features the rabbit in place of the ball and the words change as he steps on them. The animation is nice, though the song is rather melancholy and the singing is uninspired. Worth tracking down.


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