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I'm Just a Jitterbug (1939)

At a cartoon studio, a drawing of a jitterbug comes to life and encourages the other drawings to dance and sing. Meanwhile, the cuckoo bird in the cuckoo clock is desperate for sleep.





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A Jitterbug show is staged in a country schoolroom at night, the leader being a drawing that comes to life, and assembles all the woodland wildlife musicians. Jack and Jill and other fairy-tale characters come to life and join the proceedings as dancers. The cuckoo in the clock is trying to get some sleep and finally emerges with a shotgun and quietens the noisemakers. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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cuckoo | drawing | bird | jitterbug | dance | See All (82) »






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16 January 1939 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


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The first time the cuckoo comes out of the clock to scold the noisy party-goers, the clock reads 1:00. When he last exits the clock, the time is 12:15 - 45 minutes earlier. See more »

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I'm Just a Jitterbug was one cool and swingin' Walter Lantz cartoon!
3 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

I just saw this rare Walter Lantz cartoon on YouTube as linked from Cartoon Brew. In this one, as the animators (in a live-action sequence) call it a day as does an animated cuckoo bird, various other characters from many animals to fairy tale people dance up a storm when one of them sings a swing number with some frogs joining in the chorus. That cuckoo bird, however, doesn't like it and takes matters into his own hands...This was quite an entertaining Lantz short that was among the first to showcase big band music. Particularly nice was a jitterbug dance sequence of a rotoscoped Jack and Jill. There was also a very funny gag of a dancing turtle couple in which the male one accidentally has the female one jump too high out of her shell! The ending, however, while initially hilarious, threatens to put a sour taste in your mouth. Still, despite one couple made to look like the stereotyped African-Americans of the time, I'd highly recommend I'm Just a Jitterbug.

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