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Shuffle Off to Buffalo (1933)

Baby central. A flock of storks is leaving with babies. An old man at a ledger book is dealing with phone calls and letters; a request for twins from Nanook of the North sends him to the ... See full summary »

Directors:

Friz Freleng (uncredited), Rudolf Ising (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Johnny Murray ... Old Man - Little Boy (voice) (uncredited)
The Rhythmettes The Rhythmettes ... Singing Babies (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Baby central. A flock of storks is leaving with babies. An old man at a ledger book is dealing with phone calls and letters; a request for twins from Nanook of the North sends him to the refrigerator; the stork carries them in slings marked "upper birth" and "lower birth." Another request, written in Hebrew; this baby comes back as a rough Jewish stereotype, and gets stamped kosher. He then joins the head man singing the title song, and shuffling us off to see the baby assembly line, manned by dwarves. The babies are washed in a washing machine, dried, powdered, diapered in paper towels, loaded up with milk, and sent off in a crib. They clamor for "Cantor" and one of the dwarves reveals that he was _Eddie Cantor_ in disguise, followed by another round of the title song. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Trivia

Vitaphone production reel #5874. See more »

Alternate Versions

This cartoon was colorized in 1992 by Turner Entertainment Company, with each frame traced over onto a cel. Each cel was then painted in color and photographed over a colored reproduction of each background. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Palmy Days (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

When I'm the President (We Want Cantor)
Written by Al Sherman and Al Lewis
Sung by the babies
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strongly paced cartoon with an edge from the early Warner days
17 October 2007 | by didi-5See all my reviews

An early Merrie Melodie, this cartoon uses the song 'Shuffle off to Buffalo' (originally heard in '42nd Street') as a backdrop and soundtrack to what goes on at Baby Central before the storks take babies to their new home.

Singing and dancing babies (including Jewish and tribal, as this is in the days before PC) and an entertaining ledger writer, and an Eddie Cantor cameo, make this a punchy and fun cartoon, much better than some of the other fare coming from Termite Terrace at the time.

These were the cartoons where later top directors cut their teeth as on-the-ground animators, so they are always worth viewing, especially if you have a yen to see what was going on pre-Porky, Daffy and Bugs.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Merrie Melodies #11 (1932-1933 Season): Shuffle Off to Buffalo See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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