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Book Revue (1946)

As the literary characters come to life in a bookstore at night, Daffy Duck sings and dances before being chased by the Big Bad Wolf.

Director:

Robert Clampett

Writer:

Warren Foster (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Bea Benaderet ... Bobby-Soxer / Lady on 'Freckles' Cover / Screams (voice) (uncredited)
Sara Berner ... Mrs. Aldrich / Swooning Girls (voice) (uncredited)
Richard Bickenbach Richard Bickenbach ... Various (voice) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc ... Daffy Duck / Big Bad Wolf / Cop / Cuckoo / Sailor / Henry VIII / Mice (voice) (uncredited)
Stan Freberg ... Frank Sinatra / Henry VIII - Yelling (voice) (uncredited)
The Sportsmen Quartet The Sportsmen Quartet ... Vocalists (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

The ultimate Warner Brothers "books come to life" cartoon. Parodies and caricatures of Harry James, Frank Sinatra, 'Benny Goodman', Tommy Dorsey, Gene Krupa, 'Jimmy Durante' and, in a wild take-off on Danny Kaye, Daffy launches into a Russian-accented version of "Carolina in the Morning," then scat-sings his way through the tale of "Red Riding Hood" with Margaret O'Brien as Red. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Book Review See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When the original title sequence was lost and replaced with the standard "Blue Ribbon" substitute title card, the title was spelled "Book Review", spoiling the pun. The original has since been found and restored on the "Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Vol. 2" DVD box set. See more »

Goofs

As Daffy and Little Red Riding Hood are dancing at the end, the dancers in the background suddenly disappear. See more »

Quotes

Daffy Duck: Swing music. Jazz. Phooey! Ah, bublichas, how difference in my native willage. Soft music, wiolins, the happy peoples sitting on their balalaikas, playing their samovars. And then, there was Cucaracha. Ah, Cucaracha: so round, so firm, so fully packed, and so easy on the draw. They would sink to me a little gypsy love song, like this. Listen. CUCARA-CHA! Cucaracha, cucaracha - hoo hoo hoo hoo! Cucaracha, cucaracha - hoohoohoohoo!
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Alternate Versions

When this Looney Tunes cartoon was released to television as a Merrie Melodies/Blue Ribbon, the title was changed to "Book Review" and all the specific credits deleted. The original print with the correct title is available fully restored on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 2. See more »


Soundtracks

Carolina in the Morning
(uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Wacky version sung by Daffy while doing his Danny Kaye impersonation
Also played when Daffy and Red Riding Hood are dancing
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A classic and easily the best of the "books come to life" subgenre
1 October 2008 | by phantom_tollboothSee all my reviews

Of all the cartoons where books, magazines etc. come to life, Bob Clampett's 'Book Revue' is by far the finest. The problem with many of these kind of cartoons is that they rely on cultural references that have been long forgotten, inescapably dating the picture. Although there are many references to popular books of the day in 'Book Revue', it manages to sidestep the detrimental dating effect thanks to Clampett's typically engaging speedy pacing and the inclusion of Daffy Duck as a character. Daffy emerges from the cover of a Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies comic and proceeds to completely steal the cartoon away from all the witty book parodies. Ever the showman, Daffy opens with a Danny Kaye impersonation followed by the highlight of the cartoon, a phenomenal scat version of the Little Red Riding Hood Story. Mel Blanc must be given enormous credit for pulling this off so brilliantly but Clampett makes it all the better by matching this brilliant vocal performance with stunning visual, including the infamous moment in which Daffy turns into a giant eyeball. This is the sort of joke no other director would even attempt and Clampett pulls it off with grotesque glee, 'Book Revue' is so much better than all other cartoons of its kind because it doesn't get hung up on visual pun after visual pun. Instead, Clampett uses these books as the backdrop against which to stage a high speed chase. Unlike some of these reference heavy shorts, 'Book Revue' can be enjoyed whether you get the reference points or not. It's a classic cartoon bursting with energy and ideas.


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