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I Love to Singa (1936)

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.

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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:

Fou de jazz See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Leon Schlesinger Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The main character's name, Owl Jolson, is a takeoff on Al Jolson, a popular singer who is famous for starring in the first ever "talking" movie, The Jazz Singer (1927), on which this film is loosely based. See more »

Goofs

In one shot in the radio station (when the accordion player is there), the sign on the desk is misspelled: it says "Jack Bunny and his amatuer hour". Although, in the other shots, the error is corrected. 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 TaleSpin: My Fair Baloo (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Laugh, Clown, Laugh
(uncredited)
Music by Ted Fio Rito
Lyrics by Sam Lewis and Joe Young
Sung by Black Bird at radio station
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You ain't heard nothin' yet!
22 March 1999 | by SquonkSee all my reviews

At first glance "I Love to Singa" looks like it will be just another cute and fuzzy animal cartoon. However, it develops into a wonderful parody of Al Jolson. The story centers on a young, jazz-singing owl who was born into a family who is less than thrilled with jazz music. The scene in which the little owl butchers the song his parents want him to sing is hilarious. Whenever his mother isn't listening, he injects part of his song, 'I Love to Singa.' This short is loads of fun, but be warned...you'll have the theme song ringing in your head for days.


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