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Mother Goose in Swingtime (1939)

A father tells the story of Mother Goose to Baby Snooks, but all the characters are famous Hollywood stars, and they sing a Swing instead of the old songs.

Director:

Manny Gould

Writer:

Allen Rose
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Elvia Allman ... Baby Snooks (voice) (uncredited)
Sara Berner ... Mother Goose / Martha Raye / Greta Garbo (voice) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc ... Various (voice) (uncredited)
Dave Weber Dave Weber ... Various (voice) (uncredited)
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A Father is doing paperwork when he is interrupted by his baby girl Baby Snooks asking questions, her father gets annoyed and tells her the story of Mother Goose. Transition into the story, with Baby Snooks in it, all the characters are caricatures of famous Hollywood stars of the time, singing the old songs and nursing rhythms. Snooks tells them that this isn't the way to sing today, so they all start singing a jazzy swing instead.

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Animation | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1939 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Katherine Hepburn jitterbugs with Leopold Stokowski
23 September 2012 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This very late Charles Mintz-produced cartoon for Columbia -- he would go out of the business the next year -- is a standard sort for the 1930s in which movies stars are presented in a cartoon form. This is notable for the good voice work, starting with someone doing a pretty good imitation of Fanny Brice's Baby Snooks.

The caricatures range from big stars whom a viewer might easily recognize more than seventy years later, from Fred Astaire in a sailor suit (that year he and Ginger Rogers starred in FOLLOW THE FLEET) to the obscure, like Herman Bing. The sight gags are the same that were used in the beginning of the decade, like Greta Garbo's big feet and Clark Gable's jug-handle ears that flap like wings. There is almost no facial movement.

While this is never a particularly great movie, the technical side -- besides the voice work and Technicolor, it's a musical cartoon with a well-executed song running through it -- makes it pretty good.


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