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9 August 1931 (USA)  »

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Strange and disjointed, but amusing nonetheless
25 September 2015 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This is a cartoon in the Farmer Al Falfa series produced by Terrytoons. There will be spoilers ahead:

There are two largely unconnected threads in this rather odd and meandering short. It starts with three street musicians playing outside of a building. Cats sitting in front of a window sway in time to the music and encourage the old lady they live with to look out the window. She throws the musicians a coin and then begins dancing. There's a bit where the cats are in a circle around a mouse in a dress dancing as she kicks the cats!

Cut to a parrot heating up a coin and then tossing it to the ground. One of the musicians grabs the coin, burns himself, climbs up a drainpipe to get the parrot, chases him until they land in a barrel and then beats the parrot up and takes all his money!

Cut to a bunch of dogs, a dog track and a dog race (don't ask me why, as there's no explanation given for the change). There's a large and furry dog who has his coat shorn off with a lawn mower! The dogs racing are chasing after a rabbit on a bike! There's a slow motion section during the race which has no point that I can see other than to show off technique or stretch a very short cartoon. Then a tortoise comes onto the track, also on a bike, and rides circles around the rabbit. The Rabbit grabs a hold onto the tortoise and they leave the course, chased by the dogs.

Cut to the musicians again, who go to a butcher shop, run by Farmer Al Falfa, who kicks the musicians out. To get even, the musicians play a tune and get the dead carcasses to dance! Very strange. One of the carcasses drags Al from the shop. At this point, the dogs show up, rush into the shop and start taking all the meat. The final gag, along with other gags, were used frequently in later Terrytoons cartoons, so I won't spoil it here, as it works fairly well.

This cartoon is worth watching.


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