Tag Archives: MGM

Droopy’s Good Deed (1951) — Droopy Cartoon Series

Droopy's Good Deed

Droopy’s Good Deed

#CotD: One of the most heav­ily edited car­toons on TV, “Droopy’s Good Deed” fea­tured Droopy and Spike as Boy Scouts. Com­edy ensues.

Droopy’s Good Deed (1951) — Droopy Car­toon Series

Droopy and Spike are Boy Scouts who com­pete in sev­eral hilar­i­ous con­tests to see who will meet the Pres­i­dent. Droopy attempts to do good deeds, but has var­i­ous Spike-related hur­dles to over­come first…

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The Cat Concerto (1947) — Tom and Jerry Theatrical Cartoon

The Cat Concerto

The Cat Concerto

CotD: Extremely sim­i­lar to a WB car­toon star­ing Bugs Bunny, “The Cat Con­certo” and Tom and Jerry ended up win­ning the Oscar that year– Bugs would wait another ten for his.

The Cat Con­certo (1947) — Tom and Jerry The­atri­cal Cartoon

Tom is an acknowl­edged mas­ter pianist primed to give his great­est per­for­mance of Liszt’s Sec­ond Hun­gar­ian Rhap­sody. As he pre­pares and finally set­tles down, ready to play, Jerry is deter­mined to dis­rupt Tom’s con­cert. Jerry pulls on the strings inside the piano, slams the shut­ter on Tom’s hands, and gen­er­ally runs amok. Tom fights him with the piano with­out miss­ing a sin­gle note.

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The Boy And The Wolf (1943) — MGM Theatrical Cartoon

The Boy And The Wolf

The Boy And The Wolf

CotD: Rudolf Ising was at the end of his career at MGM when he directed “The Boy And The Wolf” as a one-shot cartoon.

The Boy And The Wolf (1943) — MGM The­atri­cal Cartoon

A lit­tle Mex­i­can boy is herd­ing sheep with his dog Per­rito. The boy plays a prank on Per­rito, pre­tend­ing the wolf is attack­ing the flock. Later, when the wolf really comes, Per­rito at first doesn’t respond. How­ever loy­alty wins out and Per­rito saves the day.

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A Rainy Day (1940) — MGM Theatrical Cartoon

A Rainy Day

A Rainy Day

CotD: Repris­ing their first appear­ance in “Goldilocks And The Three Bears”, the Bear Fam­ily faces “A Rainy Day” and some incred­i­ble ani­ma­tion of the roof shin­gles turn­ing into big waves.

A Rainy Day (1940) — MGM The­atri­cal Cartoon

Mama Bear per­suades her reluc­tant hus­band Papa Bear to fix the shin­gles on the roof, a job that he put off doing. But the job proves larger than it first appeared, and he ends up try­ing to do the job in a vio­lent rain­storm that esca­lates into a tor­nado, mak­ing things worse with each fit of tem­per. The task becomes far more highly per­ilous as well, between the attack­ing light­ning, the slip­pery roof and the high winds.

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Señor Droopy (1949) — Droopy Theatrical Cartoon Series

Señor Droopy

Señor Droopy

CotD: The last col­lab­o­ra­tion between direc­tor Tex Avery and ani­ma­tor Pre­ston Blair was on “Señor Droopy”.

Señor Droopy (1949) — Droopy The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Droopy fights a bull and a wolfy bull­fighter for the hand of a (live-action) senorita. He wins the bull­fight and gets his girl, actress Lina Romay.

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Screwball Squirrel (1944) — Screwy Squirrel Cartoon Series

Screwball Squirrel

Screw­ball Squirrel

CotD: Screwy Squir­rel first appeared in Tex Avery’s “Screw­ball Squir­rel” from 1944. Con­tray to pop­u­lar beleif, the directer did NOT voice Meathead.

Screw­ball Squir­rel (1944) — Screwy Squir­rel Car­toon Series

Cute lit­tle Sammy Squir­rel is out look­ing for nuts when he meets Screwy Squir­rel. Poor lit­tle Sammy gets beaten up behind a tree, but Screwy reas­sures us that we wouldn’t have liked the short anyway.

Screwy then insults Meat­head, a pedi­greed bird dog, who chases him around through the rest of the short. Screwy con­tin­u­ously pro­vokes Meat­head with vio­lence and non-stop action.

When Meat­head pre­pares to crawl through a hol­low log while chas­ing Screwy, he sees the squir­rel at the other end of the log hold­ing a base­ball bat. Meat­head: “Duh– you’re not going to hit me with that bat, are you?” Screwy, look­ing at the audi­ence, replies: “What do you think?” Later, Meat­head is so tired and banged up from being the recip­i­ent of gag after gag that he begs for the car­toon to be over.

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Johann Mouse (1953) — Tom and Jerry Theatrical Cartoon Series

Johann Mouse

Johann Mouse

CotD: Tom lost the grey stripe between his eyes in “Johann Mouse ” which won the sev­enth– and last– Tom & Jerry Oscar.

Johann Mouse (1953) — Tom and Jerry The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Lit­tle Johann Mouse– Jerry– can’t resist waltz­ing when he hears the piano play­ing from the Mae­stro, Johann Strauss, but when the music stops, so does the danc­ing. There­fore, Tom must learn to play the piano to keep the mouse danc­ing so that he can catch him.

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Dumb-Hounded (1943) — Droopy Theatrical Cartoon Series

Dumb-Hounded

Dumb-Hounded

CotD: Droopy first appeared in “Dumb-Hounded” from 1943, when he was named Happy Hound.

Dumb-Hounded (1943) — Droopy The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Droopy tracks down escaped con­vict Wolf, and the chase leads all over the world. No mat­ter where the Wolf tries to hide, Droopy is there to take him in. Of course, Droopy has a secret…

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Bosko’s Easter Eggs (1937) — Happy Harmonies Theatrical Cartoon Series

Bosko's Easter Eggs (1937)

Bosko’s Easter Eggs (1937)

CotD: Hugh Har­mon and Rudolph Ising left Warner Bros. and took their char­ac­ter Bosko with them when they made “Bosko’s Easter Eggs” at MGM in 1937.

Bosko’s Easter Eggs (1937) — Happy Har­monies The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Bosko decides to help his girl­friend Honey col­lect eggs to color for Easter. He and his dog Bruno have all kinds of trou­ble with the chick­ens. Bruno breaks the eggs that Bosko “wuz deliv­erin ta” Honey.

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The Shooting Of Dan McGoo (1945) — Droopy Theatrical Cartoon Series

The Shooting Of Dan McGoo

The Shoot­ing Of Dan McGoo

CotD: Orig­i­nally titled The Shoot­ing of Dan McScrew, “The Shoot­ing Of Dan McGoo” this film is loaded with great sight gags, and smacks heav­ily of World War II.

The Shoot­ing Of Dan McGoo (1945) — Droopy The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

The story begins in Cold­er­nell, Alaska– Pop­u­la­tion 320 and get­ting smaller. A wild, rough town where gold is king and gam­bling, drink­ing and shoot­ing each other are the major activities.

Droopy is Dan­ger­ous Dan McGoo, a lone gam­bler, whose only love is the girl they call “Lou,” played by Red. The wolf drags him­self into the saloon from the 50-below cold and imme­di­ately pays for “drinks on the house,” a sight gag that will be reused many years later by Jim Hen­son in “The Mup­pet Movie.” As always, the wolf falls for Lou, tries to drag her off and…

The lights went out!
A woman screamed!
Two guns blazed in the dark!

And when the lights come back up, Droopy is vic­to­ri­ous, which makes you won­der why the pic­ture is called “The Shoot­ing of Dan McGoo” when he isn’t the one get­ting shot!

In one gag, the wolf wants a drink of whiskey (Old Pan­ther). After he chugs it down, it shows his stom­ach being blasted from the drink. His eyes go red, and smoke comes out of his ears. He flies around the room and comes back to the bar. Lean­ing over to the bar­tender, he com­plains, “This stuff’s been cut.”

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