Monday, March 7, 2016

Tooniversary: I Love to Singa (1936)

In 1936, Al Jolson starred in "The Singing Kid". Warner Bros. prevailed upon Leon Schlesinger and the Termite Terrace crew to create a Merrie Melodies short to help promote it.

"I Love to Singa" tells the story of a young owl who is the "runt", if you will, of the nest. His father's a music teacher who despises jazz. Tommy Bond, better known as Butch, the neighborhood bully in the Our Gang comedies, crossed over from MGM to voice the rebellious owlet, who adopts the stage name Owl Jolson to compete in a talent contest.

What follows is a 1944 Blue Ribbon reissue, distributed through Associated Artists Productions when it was put into syndication.

I must've seen this about 10 times when it was on cable in the 70's. You wouldn't know, because of the Blue Ribbon reissue, that this was directed by the legendary Tex Avery.

Rating: A-.

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