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Have You Got Any Castles? (1938)

Another entry in the "books come alive" subgenre, with possibly more books coming alive than any other. We begin with some musical numbers, notably the various pages of Green Pastures all ... See full summary »

Directors:

Frank Tashlin, Friz Freleng (uncredited)

Writer:

Jack Miller (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Town Crier / Praying Baby / Rip Van Winkle / Emily Host / Alladin (voice) (uncredited)
The Four Blackbirds The Four Blackbirds ... Vocal Group (archive sound) (uncredited)
Delos Jewkes Delos Jewkes ... Old King Cole (voice) (uncredited)
Tedd Pierce Tedd Pierce ... W. C. Fields (voice) (uncredited)
Georgia Stark Georgia Stark ... Whistler's Mother / Heidi (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Another entry in the "books come alive" subgenre, with possibly more books coming alive than any other. We begin with some musical numbers, notably the various pages of Green Pastures all joining in on a song, The Thin Man entering The White House Cookbook and exiting much fatter, and The House of Seven (Clark) Gables singing backup to Old King Cole. The Three Musketeers break loose, become Three Men on a Horse, grab the Seven Keys to Baldpate, and set the Prisoner of Zenda free. They are soon chased by horsemen from The Charge of the Light Brigade and Under Two Flags and beset by the cannons of All Quiet on the Western Front. All this disturbs the sleep of Rip Van Winkle, who opens Hurricane so that everyone is (all together now) Gone with the Wind. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Have You Got Any Castles See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Leon Schlesinger Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The globe on the cover of Pearl Buck's book "The Good Earth" requests blessings for people in his family, including "Papa Leon and Uncle Ray." This is in reference to Leon Schlesinger, who was the executive producer of the Warner Brothers Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons up until 1944, and Raymond Katz, Schlesinger's brother-in-law, who also worked in the cartoon studio. See more »

Goofs

Dr. Jekyll is spelled Dr. Jekyl in the opening. See more »

Quotes

Rip Van Winkle: Old King Cole is a noisy old soul.
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Alternate Versions

The Blue Ribbon reissue version of this cartoon cuts out not only the credits, but the opening and closing gags. Here is what is cut.
  • The opening with a caricture of Alexander Wolcott as a "Town Crier" is deleted. All that is visible is the shadow of him ringing a bell. Wolcott was upset over his caricature, and made W.B. cut it out.
  • The gag closest to the ending again features Alexander Wolcott, which has also been excised.
  • The ending gag that involves Rip Van Winkle tying the cuckoo clock bird's beak shut so that he can get some sleep. The new Looney Tunes DVD set released in 2004 released the longest cut available, featuring all of the cut scenes above, except the opening credits. However, it still has the "blue ribbon" in the opening.
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Connections

References The 39 Steps (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Old King Cole
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung during the Little Women and Old King Cole sequence
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User Reviews

 
Have You Got Any Castles? was a pretty entertaining Merrie Melodie cartoon
6 February 2015 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Just rewatched this Merrie Melodies cartoon on the Varsity Show DVD. It has the characters on the book covers in a big shelf full of them coming to life, often in the caricatures of the film actors that portrayed them. It also had some black characters portrayed with big lips which is considered offensive today so kudos to Warner Bros. for including a disclaimer to that effect. Quite musically pleasing and a bit funny in some scenes concerning the film stars being drawn. Frank Tashlin was one of the most creative animation directors at the time and he's done well with something like this. So on that note, I recommend Have You Got Any Castles?


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