The phenomenon of radio is hot, and everyone is listening, including an overambitious goldfish, a lazy spider and three terrified mouse-children.




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The phenomenon of radio is hot, and everyone is listening. A frog announcer introduces the "Daily Exercise Hour". In at least one home, the radio itself performs the exercises, and so do an end table and a goldfish. A spider starts out his morning with an exercise program, too, which provides an energetic start to his day, even though he doesn't need it: after a shower and a hearty breakfast, he goes right back to bed. Two mice listen to the program while pulling a sleeping cat's whiskers in order to strengthen their arm muscles. Next are the music programs. Houseflies on flypaper sing as two dogs with a saw and a cello, and a pig with a trumpet, provide the back-up. Birds dance on the radio wires. An anthropomorphic apartment building dances, too. At night, it's time for a horrific bedtime story. Three mouse-children listen in terror. Written by J. Spurlin

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13 February 1930 (USA)  »

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Frog Radio Announcer: This is the Daily Exercise Hour, sponsored by the Noiseless Biscuit Company, coming to you over station Boom Boom Boom.
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Bedtime Story
Words attributed to E.Y. Harburg
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Radio Riot was a pretty entertaining early Max Fleischer Talkartoon
29 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

Just watched this early Max Fleischer Talkartoon on YouTube as linked from Cartoon Brew by Jerry Beck. Radio Riot is basically a series of blackout gags unconnected to each other. First, we see a frog announcer talking to a moving microphone which sprays his mouth because of his bad breath. There's also a spider who loves to exercise to the radio, some flies dancing on flypaper with a female one standing in front of them singing "Oh, Where Oh Where Has My Little Fly (Not Dog) Gone", a couple of dogs playing "Funiculi, Funicula" on violin with a saw, some mice pulling a sleeping cat's whiskers, and some other child mice about to sleep listening to a haunting tale on the radio. That last scene might be a little scary for the very young! That tale by the way, called "Bedtime Story" may have been written by one E.Y. "Yip" Harburg years before he became known for the Wizard of Oz songs he wrote with Harold Arlen. So, in summary, Radio Riot is a worthy Max Fleischer cartoon for any buffs out there.

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