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You Don't Know What You're Doin'! (1931)

Piggy was the Harmon/Ising studio's second attempt to create a star for the Merrie Melodies cartoon series. Piggy replaced Foxy. Foxy lasted for only three cartoons. Piggy's tenure was even... See full synopsis »

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Rudolf Ising (uncredited)
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Orlando 'Slim' Martin Orlando 'Slim' Martin ... The Car (voice) (uncredited)
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Piggy was the Harmon/Ising studio's second attempt to create a star for the Merrie Melodies cartoon series. Piggy replaced Foxy. Foxy lasted for only three cartoons. Piggy's tenure was even shorter. He appears in only two cartoons. This cartoon, his first screen appearance, was made for adult audiences. It is a wild surrealistic trip through the jazzy nightlife of a bit city. There is almost no plot - just a lot of visual gags. Opens with a close in shot in in a theater's orchestra pit. A conductor is leading a band consisting of animal musicians performing the title song. He is so energetic his pants fall off. An orchestra member takes advantage of this popping up to slap out the rhythm on the conductors rear end. Next scene shows a huge crowd entering this theater then it cuts to Piggy riding a kind of motorized tricycle. He arrives at his girlfriend's home. Since she's not quite ready Piggy stands on the sidewalk watching her dress (through a drawn curtain) and pokes a statue of a ...

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USA

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English

Release Date:

31 October 1931 (USA) See more »

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1.20 : 1
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You Don't Know What You're Doin'
Music by George W. Meyer
Lyrics by Joe Young and Benee Russell
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Jazzy nightlife
9 August 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Love animation, it was a big part of my life as a child, particularly Disney, Looney Tunes, Hanna Barbera, Studio Ghibli and Tom and Jerry, and still love it whether it's film, television or cartoons. With significantly broader knowledge of different directors, animation styles and studios, actually appreciate and love it even more now.

Rudolf Ising made a lot of cartoons leaning towards the cute kind of cartoon rather than the laugh a minute kind, the latter being the one that a lot seem to prefer (understandably, though am hardly biased against the former). This approach has varied in cartoons. In some instances it has been very sweet and charming, in others it can be cloying and too cutesy. Generally 'You Don't Know What You're Doin'!' belongs in the former category, despite the danger of falling into the latter with the premise, complete with a huge amount of energy.

'You Don't Know What You're Doin'!' has a lot to like although not a great cartoon, not one to completely overlook if not a cartoon to watch repeatedly.

Yes it gets a bit too saccharine and strange in places and it is best perhaps to not talk about the story because there really isn't much of one and more an excuse to string along a big and variable collection of gags.

Piggy also is not the most compelling of lead characters, it is not hard to see why he was so short lived, lasting just two cartoons.

What 'You Don't Know What You're Doin'!' does so well however eclipses these problems. The animation is rich in detail for design and backgrounds, vibrant and crisp. There is also an outstanding music score, performed with a lot of spirit and is easily the best asset of the cartoon.

It is hard not to fall in love with the support characters, even if they are not especially distinctive, and it has enough likeability and personality to not be dull. 'You Don't Know What You're Doin'!' is rich in natural sweet charm and some very imaginative ideas and visuals with a nice setting. There is nothing hilarious and the cartoon's hardly laugh a minute despite being full of gags (most amusing but a very mixed bag overall), but a good deal of it does charm and amuse. There are many fun moments and some inventive ones too, enjoyed how the music was incorporated and the surreal wildness of the last minute or so. The pace avoids being too draggy, with it being full of wild energy throughout when things got going.

Summarising, nice and not bad at all if not a must watch. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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