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Spring and Saganaki (1958)

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The first-half story of this two-story cartoon finds "Hattie" greeting the coming of "Spring" with an earful of music and an eyeful of romance between her two dolls; the second one has ... See full summary »

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The first-half story of this two-story cartoon finds "Hattie" greeting the coming of "Spring" with an earful of music and an eyeful of romance between her two dolls; the second one has Hamilton Ham & His World Players presenting the tale of a Japanese woodcutter who wants to be an Imperial Soldier. The regular soldiers laugh at his banner...but it is his banner that makes the bandits laugh, and be easily captured. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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16 October 1958 (USA)  »

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Included in the 3-disc DVD set "UPA: The Jolly Frolics Collection," released 15 March 2012 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. See more »

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Average UPA short built around two small songs

This is a short made late in the life of the UPA studio. There will be spoilers ahead:

UPA did four shorts centered around the two characters named Ham and Hattie. Each short has original music, two short songs connected with the two characters.

In this short, Spring is the Hattie cartoon and shows Hattie enjoying the move from winter to spring, with scenes of a romance between two of Hattie's dolls, birds singing and other harbingers of spring. It's a simple, rather nondescript piece.

The other half, Saganaki, is a Ham short. Ham is a magician who portrays others in his shorts. Here, he's a woodchopper named Saganaki, who dreams of being a samurai. That kind of career advancement didn't typically happen in Japanese society. This segment is moderately cute but not much beyond that. The songs are rather pedestrian.

This short can be found on a three disc collection, the Jolly Frolics Collection released through Turner Classic Movies. This short is worth watching once and the collection itself is marvelous. Recommended.


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