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The Emerald Isle (1949)

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"The Emerald Isle" is an animated short about life in Ireland. Includes a sing-a-long of "MacNamara's Band."



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"The Emerald Isle" is an animated short about life in Ireland. Includes a sing-a-long of "MacNamara's Band."

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25 February 1949 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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MacNamara's Band
Music by Shamus O'Connor
Lyrics by Red Latham, Wamp Carlton and Guy Bonham
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The Irish love their music, but how many ways are there to stereotype the place?
9 July 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Typical portrayal of Ireland as the land of jolly short people playing music all day. In the 21st century, we've hopefully become more aware of Erin's history, namely the potato famine and the so-called troubles in Northern Ireland (both caused by England's occupation). "The Emerald Isle" is OK as long as we understand that it's pretty much meant for entertainment. Though it features some of the same sorts of sight gags as the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons, it never attains the cleverness achieved by those. But I will say that the Irish do love their music; after all, three of the four Beatles were ancestrally Irish and had the music in their souls.

There were Sheehans. The people behind this cartoon probably never guessed that there would one day be one like Cindy Sheehan.

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