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22 December 1929 (USA)  »

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Good early sound short from Van Beuren studio
16 November 2015 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This is a cartoon in the Aesop's Fables series as produced by Van Beuren studio. There will be spoilers ahead:

Amedee J. Van Beuren started in animation through a partnership with Paul Terry to produce silent cartoons in the 1920s. They were the Aesop's Fables cartoons. Their first sound cartoon was done in 1928 and then Terry left the next year to start his own studio. Both studios continued to produce shorts in the series "Aesop's Fables" separately. This one is one from Van Beuren.

This is actually a rather good cartoon from the studio, which was never one of the better cartoon studios. It starts with a mouse playing a group of flowers as though they were bells and then shifts to a pair of mice, obviously happy and in love. At one point, her skirt drops off and he picks it up to play like an accordion! She discovers her predicament, sees what he's doing and gets mad.

Meanwhile, a cat in a car comes along, grabs her and drives off. Our "hero" notices and gives chase to the car. The cat comes to a barn and takes her inside, where it becomes clear that his intentions are amorous rather than culinary. She's not interested and he gives chase. The boy mouse breaks down the door, but he's no match for the cat. In a switch, HE's tied to a log and left to be sawed into pieces while the cat chases the girl around.

Not to worry-the Mounties ride to the rescue, in a very nice looking action sequence. They save the mice, the happy couple are reunited and he proposes. Cut to a chapel and wedding bells. To the strains of "Promise Me", they are silently married by a priest, as they utter the words, "I do" and then the choir sings, of all things, "You're In the Army Now", which frets the groom until the bride kisses him and we iris out to the "moral".

Well worth seeing.


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