nickramer
2024-03-14T19:53:50Z
Originally Posted by: Bobby Bickert 


And "The Rude Intruder" missed a chance to have a cameo by Wally Walrus.



Considering who was directing these shorts by this point, it was lucky that Wally wasn't in any of them.
Bobby Bickert
2024-03-16T23:56:35Z
I'd better comment about this morning's "The Woody Woodpecker Show" today since my sister is coming over here tomorrow...

I'm surprised that no one else has said anything about "The Bandmaster" looking like it was transferred from VHS, complete with tracking problems at the end. (And the Universal logo that was tacked on would have been more at home in front of Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula's Daughter, or any of the other classic Universal horror movies from the 1930's (pre-1939).)

Another "repeat". (But the first time I watched it, I missed that it sounds like Daws Butler did Woody's sneeze, just like in "Chili Con Corny".)

The only cartoons I hadn't seen before were the Chilly Willy cartoon (which definitely needs restoration) and the Inspector Willoughby cartoon.

I must not have seen "The Sliphorn King of Polaroo" in awhile (even though I have it on a bootleg VHS tape that I bought at the FX collectibles show in Orlando over twenty years ago), because I never noticed that the recurring penguin wearing a red hat looks a lot like the original Chilly Willy.

And I must not have seen "Banquest Busters" in awhile because I never noticed that the doorbell plays "You're A Horse's Ass", just like in "Wacky Bye Baby". Also, wasn't Walter Lantz a gag writer for Mack Sennett? The gag of a pie coming through a telephone during the pie fight was lifted directly from a Mack Sennett short. (I don't know which one because I saw it in a compilation of clips. Another clip was of someone using a collapsible top hat to launch pies.)

The guy who tries to give someone a hotfoot in "The Bandmaster" looks familiar. Maybe a caricature of Fred Moore? According to Of Mice and Magic he was one of the animators who worked on "The Bandmaster".
Bobby Bickert
2024-03-25T23:31:14Z
Two "repeats" in the March 23rd broadcast of "The Woody Woodpecker Show". MeTV has shown most of the Woody Woodpecker cartoons from the 1940's, but there are still plenty of cartoons from the 1950's through the mid-1960's that they haven't shown yet, including "Termites From Mars", "Under the Counter Spy", "Bunco Busters", "Three Little Woodpeckers", and quite a few with Gabby Gator.

Partly because of the "repeats", there were only three cartoons that I hadn't seen before, "Sleepy Time Chimes", "Charlie's Mother-In-Law" and "Truant Student".

Smedley only has a single line in "Hot and Cold Penguin", and it could be a reused recording from "I'm Cold". Was Daws Butler too busy working on the early Hanna-Barbera TV shows? Was he ill? Or was it a conscious decision by Alex Lovy, who's credited as the writer as well as the director of "Hot and Cold Penguin", to make Smedley nearly as mute as Chilly?

It was strange seeing "ACME" in a non-WB cartoon. And Charlie Beary actually got a happy ending.

Also, I got to watch all of Saturday Morning Cartoons this past Saturday because my sister (and her family) spent the day at Busch Gardens. "The Tom and Jerry Show" had only one Tom and Jerry cartoon and two Tex Avery cartoons. Was this the first time this has been done since "The Tom and Jerry Show" was shortened to half an hour?

And I must not have seen "Tree For Two" in a while. That plot was recycled with Sylvester, then was recycled at least three times at DePatie-Freleng, with the Inspector, the Tijuana Toads, and the Dogfather.
Bobby Bickert
2024-04-02T23:25:04Z
Originally Posted by: Bobby Bickert 

Two "repeats" in the March 23rd broadcast of "The Woody Woodpecker Show". MeTV has shown most of the Woody Woodpecker cartoons from the 1940's, but there are still plenty of cartoons from the 1950's through the mid-1960's that they haven't shown yet, including "Termites From Mars", "Under the Counter Spy", "Bunco Busters", "Three Little Woodpeckers", and quite a few with Gabby Gator.



Maybe someone from MeTV looks at the IAD Forums. The March 30th broadcast of "The Woody Woodpecker Show" included "Under the Counter Spy" and a cartoon with Gabby Gator, "Rocket Racket". But "Under the Counter Spy" had added Gracie Lantz narration (though at least it was minimal) and butchered opening titles:



But at least it had the correct Universal-International logo. Apparently an even worse version of "Under the Counter Spy" was released on DVD:



And there were two more "repeats". I could understand repeating "Crazy House" since there aren't that many Andy Panda cartoons compared to some of the other Lantz characters. (And I'm sure that MeTV won't show the first three because of the pygmies.) But there are still quite a few cartoons from the 1950's and the early 1960's, like "The Legend of Rockabye Point", "Hold That Rock" (which was storyboarded by Tex Avery) and the two with Wally Walrus, that could have been shown instead of a repeat of one from the early 1970's.

Only one cartoon that I hadn't seen before, "Charlie the Rainmaker". Going by the credits, I thought that it was going to have a guest appearance by Woody Woodpecker. But either someone at the Lantz studio made a mistake or the credits from a Woody Woodpecker cartoon that included voicework by Paul Frees got recycled.

Except for the Chilly Willy cartoon, the rest of the cartoons were ones I well remember from my childhood. (A clip from "Crazy House" was used in the opening of "Woody Woodpecker and Friends" on Tampa's WTOG 44 circa 1979-1980.) But I must not have seen "The Egg Cracker Suite" in a long time. I was quite surprised to hear June Foray in a cartoon from the early 1940's. (One of these days I'm going to order her autobiography from Barnes & Noble.) And she used her "Boy Scout" voice over ten years before she used it for Knothead, and over fifteen years before she used it for Rocket J. Squirrel. Yet another classic cartoon that used the Hungarian Rhapsody #2. And Ben Hardaway got to co-direct again.

"Kiddie League" is another cartoon I well remember from my childhood. (Along with another cartoon that "Chester" was in, "The Bird Who Came To Dinner".) But I'm surprised that "Chester" putting a gun to his head didn't shock me when I was a child, even though it turned out to be a water pistol. Another early appearance by the character who became Inspector Willoughby (and Ranger Willoughby). Dal McKennon voiced at least four characters. (And Daws Butler voiced all four characters in "Gooney's Goofy Landings", as well as narrating it, not a single one of them a celebrity impersonation.)

Also, "The Tom and Jerry Show" ended with a Barney Bear cartoon instead of a Tom and Jerry cartoon. I wonder if this is going to become the norm?

Bobby Bickert
2024-04-08T23:23:29Z
Only one "repeat" this past Saturday morning, and it was Andy Panda, so it's understandable.

The only other cartoon that I had seen before was "Box Car Bandit", which is another Woody Woodpecker cartoon that I have a long history with. When my family moved to Brandon in 1972, there was an ice cream parlor called Dipper Dan in one of the strip shopping centers. (I recently found out from the Tampa History Facebook page that Dipper Dan was actually a chain.) Sometime in the 1990's the name was changed to Big Dipper. An article in The Brandon News about the name change included "If you grew up in Brandon in the 1970's, you probably had a birthday party at Dipper Dan.". Yes, yes I did. There are slides of it. I also attended birthday parties for other kids at Dipper Dan. The birthday boy or girl got to choose one of two "movies" to watch, Woody Woodpecker or Zippy the Chimp. All of the other kids always wanted to watch Zippy the Chimp. When I had my birthday party at Dipper Dan, I finally got to see Woody Woodpecker. It was a B & W print, silent, with title cards. I couldn't remember the title but I remembered that it was set on a train and that one of the title cards was Woody saying "Ticket please". Nearly fifty years later, I finally got to see a "proper" version of it.

Interesting that "Greedy Gabby Gator" pitted Gabby against a non-anthropomorphic crocodile that apparently is a cannibal. And "Yukon Have It" had a nice twist on the old "looking both ways before crossing" gag.
RareSox
2024-04-09T11:23:49Z
With the Lantz shorts now cemented on Toon in with Me, my work with the YTP community is done.

Now we just need to get the remaining Lantz stuff, but i think we'll have it easier getting Krazy Kat and Scrappy onto MeTV first.
Bobby Bickert
2024-04-19T23:30:27Z
Belated (and brief) commentary on the April 13th broadcast of "The Woody Woodpecker Show". (I was waiting for the activity in this sub-forum to die down, which hasn't happened yet.)

The Beary Family cartoon was the only one that I hadn't seen before, partly because there were two "repeats".

Even though I had seen "Woodpecker in the Rough" and "Wrestling Wrecks" years ago, I guess I never noticed that "Bull Dozer" is in both cartoons.

And Leonard Maltin must have forgotten about "Fish Hooked" when he wrote Of Mice and Magic. ("...usually in the guise of a bear named Smedley...")
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