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Hawaiian Birds (1936)

A funny and great short film about birds In hawaii


Dave Fleischer, Myron Waldman (uncredited)


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Hawaiian Girl Bird and Boy Bird are setting up housekeeping, and Boy Bird is busy building a nice nest when the Big City Orioles come through. Hearing hot jazz for the first time, Girl Bird is helplessly drawn to the tree where the Orioles are making music and can't help dancing-- and it isn't the minuet, folks. The bandleader invites her to join them and off she goes to the big mainland city, leaving a note for poor Boy Bird. He follows her to the Big City, where it's snowy winter and the heartless bandleader is just kicking Girl Bird out in the cold, having tired of her. She decides to End It All by tying down her wings and jumping off a skyscraper, but lands on Boy Bird partway down and All is Forgiven. Then it's back to their tropical love nest and Happily Ever After.

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Birds of a Feather in Hawaii
Music by Sammy Timberg
Lyrics by Bob Rothberg
Sung at the beginning and at the end
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Adult 30s Melodrama in Birds' Clothing!
4 January 2014 | by AnnieLolaSee all my reviews

Here's the kind of sordid depression-era story usually featured on the pre-code live-action screen. Good Girl & Good Boy separated by Bad Boy; Good Girl in trouble; Good Boy to the rescue! The plot: two nice little birds, who apparently live in Hawaii but don't look Hawaiian, are settling down together. They fly along through an idyllic Fleischer 3D landscape to the languid strains of an island tune, and pick out a nice spot on a branch. The Boy Bird sets to work building a nest and is busily engaged in his work when the Big City Orioles, a hot musical act, come jazzing in and perch on a nearby tree to rehearse.

Girl Bird's little hips start to twitch along with the animal rhythm, and before you know it she's flown over to the Orioles and is shaking a shoulder shimmy and putting on quite a show. The leader invites her to join the act, and she leaves a note for the still-oblivious Boy Bird and flies off north with those Bad-Boy Orioles, the little floozy! But she couldn't help it-- it was that wicked jazz. (Interesting that the Orioles don't actually have any musical instruments; the music just materializes, and the 'band' simply sways in time to it while the leader conducts. )

Boy Bird, having completed a beautiful love nest for his sweetie, now finds that she's flown the coop, but he refuses to be downhearted and follows to the frozen urban North. There, at the big-city Oriole Nite Club, the bandleader has had enough time to tire of his new plaything and brutally throws her out in the snow (traditional fate of unfaithful females) despite her piteous pleas for mercy. Then she decides to end it all, first pulling out a picture of Boy Bird, which she tenderly kisses...

Will Boy Bird find her in time to prevent her little birdie life being thrown away utterly? Well, it's on YouTube, so you can see for yourselves. Terrific Fleischer 3D sets in the big city, too. Great little piece, and don't expect any big laughs. Not really for the kiddies, except as a cautionary tale to warn little girls against being tempted from Virtue's path by Demon Jazz. Hot cha!

Note: This is one of those cartoons that seems to have ended up with just its working title-- "which one? Oh yeah, the Hawaiian birds thing", where these usually get pretty catchy names. Same goes for "The Baby Kittens"-- I mean, talk about dull titles! Maybe production had to speed up and no one got around to thinking up anything better. In some cases the title is better than the 'toon, but this time it's definitely the other way around.

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28 August 1936 (USA) See more »

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Vögel aus Hawaii See more »

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Fleischer Studios See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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