Friday, May 14, 2010
Title: Art Gallery
A Hugh Harmon Production
Running time (of viewed version): 8:51
Synopsis: An insane statue of Nero is intent on burning Rome, and tricks some monkeys into doing it for him.
Comments: An example outside of Columbia of the title being in cartoon in a shot instead of as a separate shot. Nice multiple planes in the opening shot (assuming the shot with Art Museum is the title shot and doesn't count). This cartoon is great, with its depictions of various art styles, and puns based on some of their names (try that now; I doubt there are any paintings in the interim that you could do that with); I'm not sure I've seen it before. Stan Laurel appears as a painting. See/Hear/Speak no evil monkeys are here; that's a a character set that was more important at the time than it is now. Interesting how these things all out of fashion. There's a gag where a statue of Apollo's feet are seen avoiding fire and apparently dancing; I wonder if this would have been a reference to the Apollo Theater in NYC? Apparently the museum is the Louvre, as it has the Venus De Milo and the Nike of Samothrace in it. Mae West-y Cleopatra. Pilgrim hat-ish painting is Ned Sparks (or maybe Fred Allen, but I think the cigar makes it Ned Sparks for sure) ; his line "don't believe in being gay" had a different meaning at the time than it's first assumed meaning would be now. The woman operatically singing in Song of the Lark is presumably someone specific, but it might be just a singing version of the novel based on the painting. It would be funniest in this blog if this was a post based on a cartoon based on an opera based on a book based on a painting tho. There are prominent shadows from the monkeys and Nero. For some reason, the Three Musketeers burn down to the Spirit of '76, featuring the Marx Brothers. Incidentally, that would make this cartoon more appropriate for a Marx Brothers DVD than Jitterbug Follies, which actually made it to the disc (this was also closer in time to the release, too). The cartoon ends with arson triumphant, and ultimately harmless. This cartoon is great, and I have no recollection of seeing it before.
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