Krazy and a motley band of horses and turkeys set out across the plains on a covered wagon trek west. They are attacked by indians along the way and he is tied to a stake and a fire set at ... See full summary »

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Billy Murray
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Billy Murray Billy Murray ... Various (uncredited)
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Krazy and a motley band of horses and turkeys set out across the plains on a covered wagon trek west. They are attacked by indians along the way and he is tied to a stake and a fire set at his feet. He blows cold air on the flames, making them vanish, then manages to run away, but the indians chase him. He manages to make a rifle play music with a record-like disc, at which, his pursuers stop and start dancing. Though the music is less than hot, combing tunes like LONDON BRIDGE and GLOW WORM, but they are so enthralled they merge together to form a huge phonograph, with an amplifier horn formed from the end of the rifle. Written by WesternOne1

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1929 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

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1.33 : 1
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This was the first Krazy Kat cartoon with sound, as well as the first to be released by Columbia Pictures. See more »

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References Redskin (1929) See more »

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Turkey in the Straw
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Ratskin maybe of interest today as the first sound Krazy Kat cartoon
10 May 2009 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Just watched this first sound Charles Mintz/Krazy Kat cartoon on Daily Motion as linked from Cartoon Brew. The print I saw was from Jerry Beck's videotaping of vintage silent footage, hence the occasional jumping of scene. The sound added from the DM uploader is from the original Vitaphone-sound-on-disc that was delivered to movie theatres during this short's original release and was considered, along with this film, lost until recently. Okay, while George Herriman is credited as Kat's creator here, Krazy in this short bears little resemblance to the original comic strip character. In fact, instead of pining for Ignaz Mouse, this Kat is hunting American Indians, what we call Native Americans today, as he gets almost burned at the stake by them (it should be noted that the fire, like in many animated shorts made during this time, has a personality of his own here!). This also might be the first time that we see a silhouette of an audience member in a cartoon that would be used several times by the Warner cartoon studio later in the '30s though here it looks like they really had someone stand in front of the screen instead of someone drawing him. There's a few other amusing gags and interesting use of popular songs as well (like seeing a turkey playing "Turkey in the Straw" on a harmonica). Though not a very good cartoon by any means, historically, Ratskin is certainly of interest for early talkie animation fans.


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