Here's a great little Weird Wednesday distraction! It's a 1939 Warner Bros. cartoon titled "The Film Fan." Originally made in black and white, it was colorized once in 1968, and then again with a computer in 1992.
This one stars a very youthful Pork Pig as a boy with a short attention span!
A local movie theater is just getting ready to have their grand opening!
There are all kinds of gags of course!
And more jokes!
Porky Pig has been sent by his Mother to go to the market to get a loaf of bread, and a bottle of milk, so as he walks he's repeating her words to him......."A loaf of bread, a bottle of milk, and come home right away" over and over!
But when he walks by the theater, his brain automatically changes the verse to "A loaf of bread, a bottle of milk and kids admitted free."
At that point, he stops dead in his tracks, and makes a beeline into the theater!
Back in the day, the theaters would show cartoons, and short newsreels before the movie started!
Good time for more gags!
This scientist named Professor Widebottom is responsible for coming up with this super prismatic microscope that allows humans for the first time in scientific history to see germs in their blood stream!
Not really that funny any more!
The scientist turns out to be a big goof that you wouldn't really want to trust to do anything!
It was free, but Poky got a seat all the way in the back, but then he sees that there is a vacant seat in the front row so he bolts down the aisle!
A film teacher in college told me movies were made to be bigger than life, and you should always sit in the first 10 or 12 rows, so you won't have any distractions!
In 1978 when "Superman" came out, the show was almost sold out, and I think we got the two last tickets, because the only seats available were in the front row, and it looked exactly like this!
I love this shot of all the kids really enjoying the show! It reminds me a lot of going to a matinee on Saturday morning when I was about Porky's age.
I guess the reference point will be a moot point soon!
That will no longer be a problem!
The Usher gets an angry call from Porky's Mother and makes the announcement.....
"If there is a little boy in this theater that was sent to the store by his Mother, he better get home right away!" and Porky slithers out of his seat and runs away up the aisle!
The story ends with the whole theater emptying out and deflating because every kid there was doing the same thing!