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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 »

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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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Trivia

In the Public Domain since 1966 when United Artists (successor to Associated Artists Productions) fails to renew the copyright on this cartoon within the 28-year period. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Town Crier: Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye. Tonight the muses sing and we harken to Pan as with sweetly piping lute, he winds up through a delightful phantasmagoria with the deathless heroes of legend and history and the entrancing figures of fiction and fantasy. And, first among our illustrious hosts, we want you to meet...
Town Crier: This is your town crier again. the music fades and the departing celebrants bid us adieu, happy with the memories of the book land frolic. All is well. All is well.
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Spoofs The Thin Man (1934) See more »

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Vieni, vieni
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Music by Vincent Scotto
Played during the Invisible Man, Topper, and Thirty-Nine Steps sequence
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Have You Got Any Castles? was a pretty entertaining Merrie Melodie cartoon
6 February 2015 | by See 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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