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Sweet Sioux (1937)

A satirical look at Hollywood's versions of the American West that features an Indian maiden who is is a dead-ringer for Martha Raye, while the Warner Bros. orchestra plays "The ... See full summary »

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Friz Freleng (as I. Freleng)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Native American Coach / Mohican (voice) (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher ... Native American (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

A satirical look at Hollywood's versions of the American West that features an Indian maiden who is is a dead-ringer for Martha Raye, while the Warner Bros. orchestra plays "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down," while the attacking Indians are circling the lone covered wagon. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1937 (USA) 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

Months before "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" became the Looney Tunes theme song, the score for "Sweet Sioux" quotes "Merry-Go-Round" when the attacking Indians are circling the covered wagon. This was the first Warner Bros. cartoon to use "Merry-Go-Round." See more »

Soundtracks

The Sun Dance
(uncredited)
Music by Leo Friedman
Played when the brave runs to send a "telegram"
Also played during the "calling all braves" scene
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In the American West
8 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.

'Sweet Sioux' 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, 'Sweet Sioux' is one of the stronger ones though he would do much better later. It is never unfunny while not among the funniest cartoons ever, Freleng's later efforts show more evenness and confidence in directing and the story, though there are signs of them definitely here (more so than most from this period).

It is quite thin in terms of story, being the kind of story that is more an excuse to string along gags and events. There are not many surprises or much new.

However, the characters are lots of fun and drive the cartoon well. The stereotypes are not subtle but there are far more offensive ones in animation.

The cartoon has a lot of very amusing and beautifully timed gags, the best hilarious and clever, and lots of energy and wit. The conflict is nicely done and there is a good deal of cuteness and charm.

Animation is very good, it's fluid in movement, crisp in shading, vibrant and very meticulous in detail. The music as always from Carl Stalling is outstanding, it 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, well worth watching. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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