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The Hot Cha Melody (1935)

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Krazy's a Tin Pan Alley songwriter with writer's block. The devil has a solution: steal a tune from the classics, specifically from Robert Schumann. Krazy resists for a while, but the tune ... See full summary »

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Krazy's a Tin Pan Alley songwriter with writer's block. The devil has a solution: steal a tune from the classics, specifically from Robert Schumann. Krazy resists for a while, but the tune is irresistibly catchy, and soon becomes a hit. This drives a statue/spirit of Schumann crazy, and he's soon seeking out Krazy to get his revenge. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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The Hot Cha Melody is another Krazy Kat cartoon from Columbia/Charles Mintz that was amusing to me
20 January 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just watched this Columbia/Charles Mintz cartoon starring Krazy Kat (who is very much different from the comic strip character created by fellow Louisianian from New Orleans, George Herriman) on Uncle John's Crazy Town blog. It tells of the cat in Tin Pan Alley trying to write a song. A devil appears from his brain and tells him to steal a Robert Schumann composition for "The Hot Cha Melody". While initially resisting, Krazy does take that piece and gives it a livelier melody to a resounding success as we see caricatures of Bing Crosby, Rudy Vallee, The Boswell Sisters, and Kate Smith emerge from the radios Krazy has lined at his disposal. The devil then goes to Schumann's statue and summons his spirit who goes to the cat's room and says "You stole my melody!" over and over to him as he takes the piano himself, puts Krazy inside as the inner keys pound on the Kat, and as the tune plays, Krazy declares, "That's a hit!" as we iris out...As you've probably figured out from my synopsis, there's not too much plot and the short ends abruptly but the animation is good for the period and there's a few out there gags that one expects of this era like when the cat paces the floor, that floor makes a hole from the cat's smoke that results from the pacing as Krazy goes slowly down the room below or when after Schumann wrecks the last radio, that light bulb from inside still sings the title song until he too is destroyed! Pretty lively and amusing this cartoon is. So on that note, I'd recommend The Hot Cha Melody for anyone interesting in these obscure early talkie cartoons.


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