5.5/10
121
6 user

Sittin' on a Backyard Fence (1933)

Sex seems to be on the minds of the animals on a backyard fence: the alley cats following a solitary female who may be in heat and the bull and the cows painted on an advertisement. After ... See full summary »

Director:

Earl Duvall (as Earl Duval)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

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 »

Director: Rudolf Ising
Stars: Orlando 'Slim' Martin
Certificate: Passed Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Two courting hillbilly dogs go to the big barn dance.

Director: Rudolf Ising
One More Time (1931)
Family | Animation | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Cop Foxy is trying to enforce the law in town, but dangerous drivers and gangsters who also kidnap his sweetheart are making this difficult.

Director: Rudolf Ising
Stars: Carman Maxwell
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Director: Earl Duvall
Stars: Jack Carr, Bernice Hansen
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A cartoonist falls victim to the very villains he has drawn. It's up to Beans the Cat to save the day.

Director: Jack King
Stars: Billy Bletcher
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

It's recital day at the schoolhouse. First up: Porky, who recites The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere. A nervous kitten recites Mary Had a Little Lamb. The puppies Ham and Ex sing the title ... See full summary »

Director: Friz Freleng
Stars: Billy Bletcher, Joe Dougherty, Bernice Hansen
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The magazines and books in a drugstore come to life and sing the title song, among others. Some celebrities shown: Will Rogers, Sonja Henie, Kay Kyser; like most of this genre, there's an ... See full summary »

Director: Rudolf Ising
Stars: Sara Berner, Pinto Colvig, Jack Mercer
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Dishes and utensils wash, dry, and stack themselves. A duster plays a silverware box like a piano while a salt-pepper-and-sugar set sings. The spoon proposes to the dish (interrupted by a ... See full summary »

Director: Rudolf Ising
Family | Animation | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A bellhop in the No 1. hotel of a smalltown awaiting the arrival of Miss Glory dreams he has to page Miss Glory at a first class hotel in New York, and this turns out to be a nightmare. ... See full summary »

Director: Tex Avery
Stars: Tommy Bond, Bernice Hansen, The Varsity Three
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A spoof of Al Jolson's "The Jazz Singer", a strict piano teaching owl is cursed with a son who "loves to singa", but only jazz.

Director: Tex Avery
Stars: Billy Bletcher, Tommy Bond, Johnnie Davis
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Several Chinese residents play music. A dragon frees himself from a cage and goes after them, but fireworks are shoved down the dragon's throat. This causes him to explode and turn into a walking dragon skeleton.

Director: Rudolf Ising
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Bosco in the wild west, tries to have fun with any situation that come in his way.

Director: Hugh Harman
Stars: Hugh Harman, Rochelle Hudson, Rudolf Ising
Edit

Storyline

Sex seems to be on the minds of the animals on a backyard fence: the alley cats following a solitary female who may be in heat and the bull and the cows painted on an advertisement. After some singing by the cloven-hoofed crowd and music from a jazz band of cats, the focus is on one particular male cat and his tough-guy rival for the affections of the one female. After she watches them fight with each other and then confront a bull dog, she may have her own solution to the rivalry. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

surrealism | merrie melodies | See All (2) »


Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1933 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Hail! Hail! The Gang's All Here!
Music by Theodore Morse and Arthur Sullivan
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Fun with musical rivalry
8 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.

1933's 'Sittin on a Backyard Fence' is an example of leaning towards the cute kind of cartoon with a surprising amorous and sensual approach in alternative to the laugh a minute and hilarious 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 'Sittin on a Backyard Fence' belongs in the former category, despite the danger of falling into the latter with the premise. Was not expecting much from the director responsible for some of the Buddy cartoons that generally didn't do an awful lot for me, this was better than expected.

'Sittin on a Backyard Fence' 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.

What 'Sittin on a Backyard Fence' does so well however eclipses these problems. The animation is rich in detail for design and backgrounds, vibrant and crisp. There is also a lush and atmospheric music score, performed with a lot of spirit.

It is hard not to fall in love with the characters, even if they are not especially distinctive, and it has enough likeability and personality to not be dull. 'Sittin on a Backyard Fence' 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, 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. The pace avoids being too draggy, with it being full of energy throughout when things got going.

Summarising, nice and pleasant to watch if not a must watch. 7/10 Bethany Cox


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed