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Dancing on the Moon (1935)

Not Rated | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 12 July 1935 (USA)
Honeymooning couples of various animal species take a rocket ship excursion to the moon. Spectacular lunar scenery.

Directors:

Dave Fleischer, Seymour Kneitel (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Pinto Colvig ... Various (voice) (uncredited)
Margie Hines Margie Hines ... Various (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mercer ... Various (voice) (uncredited)
Mae Questel ... Various (voice) (uncredited)
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Honeymooning couples of various animal species take a rocket ship excursion to the moon. Spectacular lunar scenery.

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Trivia

Rather than making animated backgrounds using drawings the Fleischers pioneered the idea of using either models or cutouts mounted on a turntable. The table was slowly spun and photographed. The foreground animation was then placed in front of the photographed backgrounds. This not only saved hundred of hours of drawing but also lent a 3D effect to the back ground. It was used here and in numerous "Popeye" cartoons. See more »

Connections

Edited into Betty Boop Confidential (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Dancing on the Moon
Music by Murray Mencher
Lyrics by Charles Tobias
Played during the opening credits, at the beginning and often throughout the picture
Sung by various characters
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One trip to the moon worth taking
6 January 2015 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Not one of Fleischer's masterpieces, but it's one of his most imaginative and towards the top end of his output. There's no fault to be had with the animation, which with the spectacular lunar landscapes and the lavish colours are a treat for the eyes and perhaps the most notable asset with Dancing on the Moon. It's also technically innovative, with the animated characters amidst the live backgrounds, it's evident that the model work for the landscapes was extensive and the rocketship is very cool indeed.

The music is very 30s, which certainly was not a problem because I adore 30s music. The score is whimsical and energetic while the title song is catchy(every time when viewing Dancing on the Moon, the song is in my head for days after) and plain irresistible. The choreography is highly imaginative and agreed somewhat reminiscent of Busby Berkeley but smaller in scale. Dancing on the Moon is never laugh-out-loud hilarious, but the gags are still entertaining and the visuals in the gags are quite witty. The story is cute, if less sentimental than a lot of other Fleischer cartoons, and charming and the animal characters have endearing personalities, always did feel a little sorry for the feline groom. The voice acting is good. In fact, Dancing on the Moon's only caveat(personal opinion, but it is also an opinion that is shared by others) is the ending, it is rather cruel and doesn't fit really with the tone of the rest of the cartoon.

All in all, not one of the best Fleischer efforts but highly imaginative(especially the visuals) and it is certainly one trip to the moon worth taking. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1935 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Fleischer Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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