Friday, December 3, 2010

148 Sniffles and the Bookworm

1939 Number: 148
Title: Sniffles and the Bookworm
Studio: Warner Bros.
Date: 12/02/39
Credits: -
Series: Merrie Melodies (on a Blue Ribbon retitle)
Running time (of viewed version): 7:40
Looney Tunes the Chuck Jones Collection Mouse [Blu-ray]

Synopsis: Worm fears mouse, ultimately they ally.

Comments: The opening establishing background looks like a bit of a different style. Sniffles has that shading we saw beginning in Old Glory. Pied Piper has a very crescent moon face, which looks like it's made out of shiny plastic. "Porky Pig Easy Payments" sign. Multiple Porky book volumes. Singing, but almost no speech in the cartoon. Sniffles largely ditched, which is a good idea. I like the whole sound of Mutiny in the Nursery. Lots of book titles, but I don't have the energy to transcribe them at the moment. Interesting face palm. Books are coffins for characters. Another outsider gets in with the gang short, tho without assumed cuckoldry in this one. This misses the goodness of a regular blackout cartoon and misses the usefulness of a cohesive story. A throwback, storywise.

1 comment:

  1. Chuck would take the Piper's basic design and modify it slightly a decade later for the model of the Sheriff of Nottingham in "Rabbit Hood". Though it's hard to imagine Sniffles banging the Piper multiple times on the noggin with a scepter.