Monday, April 30, 2012

062 Elmer the Great Dane

Title: Elmer the Great Dane
Studio: Lantz
Date: 04/29/35
Story and Lyrics
Walter Lantz - Victor McLeod
Musical Score
James Dietrich
Fred Avery
Ray Abrams
(...)il Surry
Series: Oswald
Running time (of viewed version): 8:47
Commercial DVD Availability: -

Synopsis: Elmer gets hiccoughs (hiccups to you and me) and swallows many things, and Oswald tries to cure him.

Comments: This is Elmer's debut. Lantz was reportedly a great dane lover; and the breed shows up later in the Lantz filmography, with Cuddles, amongst others. Opens with a long horizontal pan. Shadow shot. Elmer looks a bit odd compared to the later danes. He has those malevolent toes. Oswald's PJs look like a marching band uniform. The face mask on Oswald shockingly looks like the bearded bad guy from much later Lantz cartoons. Oswald's house seems pretty fancy. There's a bulging eye take; Tex's doing? The cuckoo is also reminiscent of late simplified Woody Woodpecker. The music has too fast a beat, really.

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