Saturday, May 19, 2012
In Cartoon You Can Do Everything
I named this post after one phrase, a phrase of one genius from The Golden Age of American Animation (1928-early 60's): Tex Avery. As you can imagine, he is my favorite cartoonist, today one of their characters popped up in my head therefore I want to pay tribute to him on my blog.
He worked for the Warner Bros and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios where he created characters as Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Droopy, Screwy Squirrel, and developed Porky Pig, Chilly Willy (this last one for the Walter Lantz Studio) into the people for which they are remembered. If you are interested in reading his story, visit this link:
In the meantime, you are reading my post, I will suggest you a song, which appears as an adaptation in one of my favourite Avery's short film:
this is 'Oh Johnny! Oh' sung by The Andrews Sisters. Tex was based on this song for the lovely performance 'Oh, Wolfie' in his animated cartoon short film 'Swing Shift Cinderella'.
The plot is perfectly explained on Wikipedia, so you can read it there:
I do love it! however I am afraid that Cinderella version is not suitable for children.
She performs in a night club with a white cabaret outfit, gloves and sexy stiletto-heels, she dances provocatively and sings bubbly. She is despot and spoiled with her fairy godmother. Even she addresses her badly, such as 'Listen Granny', while they are talking on the phone and when she turns into a glamour girl she says, looking to her new dress 'You do wave a mean band, don't you? old girl'.
The Prince in this story is a Wolf who is not a gentleman but a sex maniac. He starts to whistle at her like crazy while she insinuates with her song chorus 'Oh, Wolfie, Oh, Wolfie, Ain't you the one?'.
In addition, the Fairy Godmother is a cougar that would like to land Wolf although she is a very good person with Cinderella as in the tale.
Finally, I love the end of the story, when it's 12.00 o'clock, Cinderella is not going to turn into a housemaid but she is Rosie the Riveter, a cultural American idol for women workers.
As far as I am concerned, I don't think that this version has to do with Disney movie or Brothers Grimm's story, doesn't it?