Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A CAR-TUNE PORTRAIT - Fleischer Studios (1937)

I'm Beat! So here's a quickie from the Fleischer Studios in Florida, circa 1937!

"A Car-Tune Portrait" is the simplest of tales!

And they were able to do it with just a handful of people!

It starts with a cartoon artist drawing some of the different characters in a cartoon orchestra!

Then he draws the stage and curtains!

The lion conductor comes out and announces in no certain terms that tonight's concert is to show that a bunch of cartoon characters can actually perform seriously when they want to!
If you want to hear his speech, then click right HERE!
The lion's voice is done by actor and narrator David Ross!

The tune the orchestra chose to perform to show off their chops is "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" by Franz Liszt!

I like these two shots of the musician's silhouettes!

It was all going so well, but it doesn't take long for everything to go into the crapper!

As the whole thing breaks down, it turns into one calamity after another!

The lion can't take it any more and completely loses his cool!

And the whole stage turns into one gigantic free-for-all royale rumble!

The lion tries desperately to make them all stop, but it's too late, the damage has been done!

But it's not over without one last final insult!
As it turns out, animated characters can't be trusted to be serious after all!
If you've got seven minutes to kill, and you like frustrated lions, you can find the whole kit and caboodle on right Here on Youtube!

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