Friday, January 28, 2011
Title: What A Night
Series: (Farmer Al Falfa?)
Running time (of viewed version): 5:13
Commercial DVD Availability: -
Synopsis: Spooky radio broadcast leads to nightmares for Farmer Alfalfa.
Comments: Beginning feels truncated. Silhouettes aplenty. Silent style surrealistic movement. The dog is the same piebald style as in the previous skating movie. Not sure if the clock's "This... is the witching hour" is a radio line (11 is the witching hour?). All sheets are haunted, apparently. That's a badly broken leg. Some kind of seacow in the pond (its body looks Jay Ward-ish). Lots of characters playing pianos or piano like things in these '35 cartoons. There are some Sanrio style ghosts in this. Al tosses his radio out the window because he doesn't believe in ghosts; doesn't believe in protecting his belongings either, apparently. I think maybe Bob Clampett was trying to make more polished versions of this kind of cartoon. Lots of water danger in this year so far.