Marvin, a teenage ball of fur, gets the idea to paint the entire city in groovy, psychedelic colors.





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Teenager Marvin looks like a huge walking hairball. His dad is convinced Marvin's lazy, so he tells him to paint the living room (while acting very lazy himself). Marvin goes off to buy paint, giving everyone he meets a flower. Back home, the mayor's televised speech about treating the city like your house gives him an idea; as his father naps, he rounds up his friends, who agree to help. Dad awakes to find the living room painted in psychedelic patterns; he's even more shocked to discover that the outside of their entire block has been painted in similarly wild patterns. But when the mayor praises Marvin for his originality and ambition, dad comes around. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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1 December 1967 (USA)  »

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Marvin's Mom: Marvin! Marvin! Marvin, kindly get up!
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Marvin Song
By The Life Cycle, Vicki Gailzaid
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Marvin Digs hints at Ralph Bakshi's work post-Terrytoons
29 October 2007 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

In honor of Ralph Bakshi's 69th birthday on this day in 2007, Jerry Beck linked from YouTube on Cartoon Brew this, Marvin Digs, the first one Bakshi made for the fading Parmount Cartoon Studio (formerly Famous Studios). Very much of its time, the title character is a teenager with hair all over him who exasperates his father because he lays around all day without working for a living and gives flowers to everyone he meets outside. So he gets him to do what his wife wanted her husband to do while she's gone: Paint the house. When the mayor on TV, however, asks his audience to decorate the city as they would their own home, Marvin enlists his friends to help decorate the entire apartment building in psychedelic colors to the horrors of his dad. After the mayor comes by and praises the effort though, dad has a newfound admiration for him as he tells stories of his youth to him as the cartoon ends...What a radical effort from Bakshi away from his former home studio Terrytoons in the waning days of theatrical short animation from the major studios as Marvin Digs hints at his more ambitious efforts in feature films like Fritz the Cat and Heavy Traffic. Wonderful vocal rock score by The Life Cycle and such imaginative backgrounds by Cosmo Anzilotti, James Simon, John Zago, and Bakshi himself. Well worth seeking out if you're a die-hard Ralph Bakshi fan.

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