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I Love to Singa (1936)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 18 July 1936 (USA)
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 (as Fred Avery)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Billy Bletcher ... Father (voice) (uncredited)
Tommy Bond ... Owl Jolson (voice) (uncredited)
Johnnie Davis ... Owl Jolson (singing voice) (uncredited)
Joe Dougherty Joe Dougherty ... Stuttering Bird (voice) (uncredited)
Bernice Hansen Bernice Hansen ... Fat Chicken Singer (voice) (uncredited)
Martha Wentworth ... Mother (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

A very stern owl who teaches 'voice, piano & violin, but no jazz!' becomes a father of four. Very soon, three of his boys turn out to be musical talents in the classical repertoire. However, the fourth isn't into classical music but into jazz. When he keeps singing jazz songs, the father decides that enough is too much and turns him into the street, much to the distress of the mother. While joyously walking and singing through the forest, the young son stumbles across a radio audition day and decides to try his luck. Written by Marco van Hoof <k_luifje7@hotmail.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Love to Singa See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The title song was written by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, the team best known for writing the songs from the film The Wizard of Oz (1939). See more »

Goofs

At the radio station when the manager is handing out the trophy, the trophy shifts in the animation because something on the desk is in the way. See more »

Quotes

Owl Jolson: I love to singa / About the moon-a and the June-a and the spring-a / I love to singa / About a sky of blue-a or a tea for two-a / Anything with a swinga to an I love you-a / I love to, I love to sing.
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Connections

Referenced in Behind the Tunes: One Hit Wonders (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes
(uncredited)
Music by R. Melish
Lyrics by Ben Jonson
Sung by Tommy Bond
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This 'toon gets stuck in your head!!!
2 April 2005 | by pacmswSee all my reviews

I saw this cartoon for the first time when I was under the age of ten, didn't know it was a "movie spoof" (which is mentioned in other sources)until I became an adult. It is one of my favorite cartoon shorts of all time (and I'm over 50, though not as old as this 'toon!) The "tune" sung by "Owl Jolson" gets stuck in your head once your mind wanders that way! I haven't seen the cartoon in several years, but I find myself remembering it fondly! Love it! Love it! Love it! I was also surprised to find that one of the voices is done by a former child star who was part of the "Our Gang/Li'l Rascals" films. If you are a "baby boomer" like me and haven't seen this classic cartoon, you are truly missing a gem...another "obscure" music-related cartoon favorite: "Russian Rhapsody" (with "Gremlins from the Kremlin")


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