Saturday, June 5, 2010
Title: Believe It or Else
Studio: Warner Bros.
Carl W. Stalling
Series: Merrie Melodies
Running time (of viewed version): 8:38
Synopsis: A series of unrelated gags with Egghead running through several of them, tied together as Believe it Or Not style film making.
Comments: The pre-title cards in this look different; "Warner Bros." is heavily outlined, unlike the available non-Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodies before and after this cartoon. This cartoon is based on Robert L. Ripley's "Believe It... Or Not" series, an illustrated newspaper feature and a series of film shorts (you can get the film shorts from the Warner Archive) and radio programs (which you can get hundreds of from http://www.archive.org/details/Believe_It_Or_Not ), known best by me through books as a kid and the Jack Palance hosted series, known perhaps to some of our younger readers by the awful Dean Cain incarnation. It gives a good excuse for a bunch (15 or so) of unrelated gags. Buck Dodgers is obviously a Buck Rogers reference. Egghead still sucks. There's a group of three singers; I'm not sure if they're meant to be specific. Egghead's voice reminds me of someone, but I'm not sure who. A little like Dr. Girlfriend, but that's not really it...