Weary Willies is an animated short produced by George Winkler which stars Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. The film is the penultimate Oswald cartoon created during the Winkler period. Oswald is a penniless vagabond; as he steps out of the train, Oswald sees a guard passing by. Therefore, he shuts the door, but because Oswald's baggage is left outside, the suspicious guard decides to inspect the train. When the guard opens the door and peeps in, coming out from another exit, kicks the officer in and makes a run for it. Wondering on the countryside, the hungry Oswald sees a homeless bear camping under a tree; the two befriend each other. They start to fry an egg using the camp fire and other limited equipment that they have. While Oswald and the bear couldn't agree on how they should have the fried egg, a squirrel pops out from the tree and snatches it from them; the two uneasy friends are left wondering. They see roasted chicken on a window sill of a nearby house; the bear tells Oswald to filch it. Oswald is reluctant but agrees after getting strangled by the bear.
The rabbit enters the house's yard and approaches the window, only to be chased out of the gate by the resident dog. Oswald comes up with another idea when he notices the clothesline connects between the gate and the window; the plan works and Oswald gets his hands on the roasted chicken. Upon exiting the gate, he is spotted by a patrolling cop. Passing by his friend, Oswald tosses the food to the bear; the rabbit figures. When the bear is about to take a bite of the roasted chicken, the cop, approaching from behind, swipes it in the blink of an eye; the surprised bear looks around and notices the cop pointing a gun at him. He too flees; as they walk away together and the bear point fingers at each other over not having to eat anything. Meanwhile, the cop puts it back on the window sill. Just the dog, watching from one of the house's corners, thinks another act of pilferage is taking place. In this, the dog chases the cop down the road, passing by Oswald and the bear who are enjoying the incident.
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Carl W. Stalling
Carl W. Stalling was an American composer and arranger for music in animated films, he is most associated with the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts produced by Warner Bros. where he averaged one complete score each week, for 22 years. Stalling was born to Ernest and Sophia C. Stalling, his parents were from Germany. The family settled in Missouri where his father was a carpenter, he started playing piano at six. By the age of 12, he was the principal piano accompanist in his hometown's silent movie house. For a short period, he was the theatre organist at the St. Louis Theatre, which became Powell Symphony Hall. By his early 20s, he was conducting his own orchestra and improvising on the organ at the Isis Movie Theatre in Kansas City, his actual job at the time was to play "organ accompaniment" for silent films. During that time, he met and befriended a young Walt Disney, producing animated comedy shorts in Kansas City. According to music critic Neil Strauss, the chance meeting between Stalling and Disney in the early 1920s was of great importance to the development of music for animation.
Stalling was at his job at the Isis Movie Theatre, demonstrating his ability to combine well-known music by other creators with his own, improvised compositions. Disney stepped into the movie theater and was impressed with his style, he approached Stalling to introduce himself, their acquaintance was mutually beneficial. Stalling was able to arrange the screening of a few Disney animated shorts at the Isis, Disney ensured that Stalling would play the accompaniment for his films. Disney left Kansas City and moved to California in order to open a new studio. Stalling and Disney kept in touch through correspondence, considered each other friends. In 1928, Disney was on a journey from California to New York City in order to record the sound and make the preview of Steamboat Willie, Disney's first released sound short. During the journey he stopped at Kansas City to hire Stalling to compose film scores for two other animated shorts. Stalling composed several early cartoon scores for Walt Disney, including Plane Crazy and The Gallopin' Gaucho in 1928.
Plane Crazy and The Gallopin' Gaucho were silent films and were the first two Mickey Mouse animated short films in production. When finishing composing the film scores, Stalling went to New York City to record them for Disney. Walt was pleased with the results, offered to hire Stalling as his studio's first music director. In order to get the job, Stalling had to move to California. According to Martha Sigall, Stalling accepted, he realized that his career as an organist for a silent movie theatre was coming to an end, because the silent film era was at its end. Sound films were the new trend. Stalling soon followed Disney in moving to Hollywood. Animation historian Allan Neuwirth credits Stalling for inventing the process of creating a film score for cartoons. According to Neil Strauss, the "wildly talented" Stalling was suitable as a film score composer for animated films. Stalling voiced Mickey Mouse in Wild Waves in 1929. Stalling encouraged Disney to create a new series of animated short films, in which the animation and its action would be created to match the music.
This was still unusual at the time, since film music was played or composed to match the action of a film. Stalling's discussions with Disney on whether the animation or the musical score should come first led to Disney creating the Silly Symphonies series of animated short films. Stalling is credited with both the composition and the musical arrangement of The Skeleton Dance, the first of the Silly Symphonies; these cartoons allowed Stalling to create a score. While there, Stalling pioneered the use of "bar sheets", which allowed musical rhythms to be sketched out with storyboards for the animation; the Silly Symphonies was an innovative animated film series, in which pre-recorded film scores were making use of well-known classical works and the animation sequences were choreographed to match the music. Stalling helped Disney streamline and update the sound process used in creating early animated sound films, following the long and laborious synchronization process used in Steamboat Willie.
The close synchronization of music and on-screen movement pioneered by the Disney short films became known as Mickey Mousing. While working at the Disney studio, Stalling invented a tick system which helped synchronize music to visuals; this system was a forerunner to the click track, a method which would become a standard process used in both live-action and animated films. An early example of a click track was used in the production of The Skeleton Dance; the method used in this film involved a reel of unexposed film with holes punched out to make clicks and pops when run on the sound head. According to Neil Strauss, this version of the click track is credited to sound effects artist Jimmy MacDonald. Stalling left Disney at the same time as animator Ub Iwerks, he had completed the scoring of about 20 animated films for Disney. Finding few outlets in New York, Stalling rejoined Iwerks at his studio in California, while freelancing for Disney and others. Stalling served as the music director of Iwerks' studio until the studio shut down in 1936.
In 1936, when Leon Schlesinger—under contract to produce animated shorts for Warner Bros.—hired Iwerks, Stalling went with him to become a full-time cartoon music composer. Ac
Pigs Is Pigs (1937 film)
Pigs Is Pigs, is a 1936-produced, 1937-released Merrie Melodies cartoon that featured Piggy and the Hamhock family, in what would be Piggy's final appearance in the Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes repertory in the Golden age of American animation. Piggy Hamhock is always hungry, thinking of stealing food whenever he could. Piggy's mother is continuously vexed by his insatiable appetite and inability to control himself. Piggy's gluttony causes problems which give his mother and the rest of his large family considerable annoyance at mealtimes. After he eats his siblings' spaghetti meals at supper, Piggy's mother scolds him and warns Piggy that he will burst someday if he continues his bad eating habits. After falling asleep following supper, Piggy wakes up and meets a mysterious old man who offers him a large feast, at which Piggy is delighted; the old man is revealed to be a mad scientist, who straps Piggy into a mechanical chair and plots to use Piggy as a test subject for his experiments. The intention of the experiment is revealed when the scientist unveils his "Feed-A-Matic" machine, which he plans to use to force-feed Piggy as much food as he can hold.
The scientist uses the Feed-A-Matic to continuously force-feed Piggy using soup, bananas, pies and ice cream until Piggy is morbidly obese and bulging out of the chair. The mad scientist pokes Piggy's super huge belly, he asks if he's had enough, to which Piggy says yes. The scientist releases him and Piggy waddles to the door, but notices the food which the scientist used to bait him earlier and his hunger gets the better of him, he takes one of the turkey's drumsticks and eats it he explodes from being too stuffed. Piggy wakes up in his bed thereafter, revealing the previous events as a dream. Relieved that he is all right, Piggy responds to his mother calling him to breakfast with a new round of gluttony, having forgotten the events of his dream. Gluttony Merrie Melodies Termite Terrace Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies filmography A Publicity Still. Another Publicity Still. Pigs Is Pigs on IMDb Pigs Is Pigs at The Big Cartoon DataBase
He Was Her Man
He Was Her Man is a 1934 American pre-Code mob film starring James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Victor Jory. It is the story of a mobster, Flicker Hayes, on the lam, with ex-prostitute Rose Lawrence, from a vicious gang; the two retreat to a small village to hide. The movie was directed by Lloyd Bacon, he Was Her Man at the American Film Institute Catalog He Was Her Man in the Internet Movie Database
Tarzan is a fictional character, an archetypal feral child raised in the African jungle by the Mangani great apes. Created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan first appeared in the novel Tarzan of the Apes, subsequently in 25 sequels, several authorized books by other authors, innumerable works in other media, both authorized and unauthorized; the film version of Tarzan as the noble savage, as acted by Johnny Weissmuller, does not reflect the original character in the novels, gracious and sophisticated. Tarzan is the son of a British lord and lady who were marooned on the Atlantic coast of Africa by mutineers; when Tarzan was an infant, his mother died, his father was killed by Kerchak, leader of the ape tribe by whom Tarzan was adopted. Soon after his parents' death, Tarzan became a feral child, his tribe of apes are known as the Mangani, Great Apes of a species unknown to science. Kala is his ape mother. Burroughs added stories occurring during Tarzan's adolescence in his sixth Tarzan book, Jungle Tales of Tarzan.
Tarzan is his ape name. In fact, Burroughs's narrator in Tarzan of the Apes describes both Clayton and Greystoke as fictitious names – implying that, within the fictional world that Tarzan inhabits, he may have a different real name; as an eighteen-year-old young adult, Tarzan meets Jane Porter. She, her father, others of their party are marooned on the same coastal jungle area where Tarzan's human parents were twenty years earlier; when Jane returns to the United States, Tarzan leaves the jungle in search of her, his one true love. In The Return of Tarzan and Jane marry. In books he lives with her for a time in England, they have one son, who takes the ape name Korak. Tarzan is contemptuous of what he sees as the hypocrisy of civilization, he and Jane return to Africa, making their home on an extensive estate that becomes a base for Tarzan's adventures; as revealed in Tarzan's Quest, Jane, Tarzan's monkey friend Nkima, their allies gained some of the Kavuru's pills that grant immortality to their consumer.
Burroughs created an elegant version of the wild man figure unalloyed with character flaws or faults. Tarzan is described as being tall, athletic and tanned, with grey eyes and long black hair, he wears no clothes, except for a loincloth. He is courageous, intelligent and steadfast, he is presented as behaving ethically in most situations, except when seeking vengeance under the motivation of grief, as when his ape mother Kala is killed in Tarzan of the Apes, or when he believes Jane has been murdered in Tarzan the Untamed. He is in love with his wife and devoted to her; when presented with a situation where a weaker individual or party is being preyed upon by a stronger foe, Tarzan invariably takes the side of the weaker party. In dealing with other men, Tarzan is forceful. With male friends, he is reserved but loyal and generous; as a host, he is generous and gracious. As a leader, he commands devoted loyalty. In keeping with these noble characteristics, Tarzan's philosophy embraces an extreme form of "return to nature".
Although he is able to pass within society as a civilized individual, he prefers to "strip off the thin veneer of civilization", as Burroughs puts it. His preferred dress is a knife and a loincloth of animal hide, his preferred abode is any convenient tree branch when he desires to sleep, his favored food is raw meat, killed by himself. Tarzan's primitivist philosophy was absorbed by countless fans, amongst whom was Jane Goodall, who describes the Tarzan series as having a major influence on her childhood, she states that she felt she would be a much better spouse for Tarzan than his fictional wife and that when she first began to live among and study the chimpanzees she was fulfilling her childhood dream of living among the great apes just as Tarzan did. Rudyard Kipling's Mowgli has been cited as a major influence on Edgar Rice Burroughs' creation of Tarzan. Mowgli was an influence for a number of other "wild boy" characters. Tarzan's jungle upbringing gives him abilities far beyond those of ordinary humans.
These include climbing and leaping as well as any great ape, or better. He uses branches and swings from hanging vines to travel at great speed, a skill acquired among the anthropoid apes, his strength, stamina, reflexes, flexibility, durability and swimming are extraordinary in comparison to normal men. He has wrestled full grown bull apes and gorillas, rhinos, pythons, tigers, man-size seahorses and dinosaurs. Tarzan is a skilled tracker and uses his exceptional senses of hearing and smell to follow prey or avoid predators, kills only for food, yet is a skilled thief when raiding African tribal villages or hunting parties that Tarzan has judged to be brutal and deserving of no pity, taking their spears, bows and most metal arrowheads. A keen sense of hearing allows him to eavesdrop on conversations between other people near him. Intelligent, T