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A parrot invades a cockroach nightclub and kidnaps its star dancer.


Friz Freleng (as Isadore Freleng)


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A Mexican Cafe after hours is the setting for a cockroach party a la Joe's Apartment (1996), where the eponymous star of the show is a hot, six-legged senorita in a red dress. An interloping parrot chashes the party, apparently determined to have the guest of honor as a snack. But the audience is not about to give up the object of their collective affection so easily, and one heroic bug manages to torch the parrot's tail and rescue the damsel in distress, which is, of course, a good excuse to continue the fiesta on into the night. Freling did partial remake of this cartoon the following year with flies and a spider standing in for the roaches and parrot in Bingo Crosbyana (1936). Written by runar-4

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7 September 1935 (USA) See more »

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Color (2-strip Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
Tennis Player: Ready?
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Edited into Toy Town Hall (1936) See more »


Comedy Excitement
Music by J.S. Zamecnik
Played when the parrot chases the dancer and gets lit on fire
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The cockroach and the parrot
7 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Love animation, it was a big part of my life as a child, particularly Disney, Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry, and still love it whether it's film, television or cartoons. Actually appreciate it even more through young adults eyes, due to having more knowledge of it, various animation styles, studios, directors and how it all works.

'The Lady in Red' is not one of Friz Freleng's, a director who did many great cartoons and a director held in high admiration by me, best, not being one of his funniest, wittiest or freshest. For relatively early Freleng, 'The Lady in Red' is worth watching though he would do much better later. It is never what one would call properly hilarious (but is never unfunny), Freleng's later efforts show more evenness and confidence in directing and the story.

It is quite thin in terms of story, with nothing new done with a very familiar melodrama-filled premise, and the structure is basically an excuse to string the events along. It is not terribly imaginative and occasionally momentum is not always there.

The hero and the female cockroach are likeable enough if slightly bland.

However, the parrot especially is great fun and the characters generally appeal.

The cartoon has enough very amusing moments, some variety and there is a good deal of liveliness in the second half. The conflict is nicely done and there is a good deal of cuteness and charm. The sentimentality is kept at bay and the nightclub setting is authentically colourful.

Animation is very good, it's fluid in movement, crisp in shading, vibrant and very meticulous in detail. The music is lovely on the ears, lushly orchestrated, full of lively energy and characterful in rhythm, not only adding to the action but also enhancing it.

Overall, worth watching. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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