Monday, December 15, 2014

SCREEN SONG: SNOW FOOLIN' (SHORT)





The cartoon series "Screen Song" produced by the Fleischer Studios and were distributed by Paramont Pictures; were a bunch of cartoons that had a plot with a theme (Like a Season, Sport, State, or Country) and would sometimes star an iconic fictional character or famous celebrity from the time. The highlight of the cartoons would be the Sing along segments as the audiences would sing along to a song, while following a bouncing ball. The film series was first owned by Fleischer during the 20's and 30's and was later revived in the 1940's by "Famous Studios". To get into the holiday spirit, here's my review on a "Screen Song" cartoon short called...

 


When I first saw this cartoon open, the minute when I saw the first few animals, which were a Rabbit, a Bear, and a Fox, I thought this was going to be "Song Of The South" in the Winter. Sadly, that's not the plot, but man would that be an interesting concept. The real plot for the cartoon is it's the first day of winter and the animals are participating in all the winter fun. I love in the opening how hard winter hits one of the animals, the minute he changes his card calendar. It's like the writers and animators were thinking "Yeah, its winter Rabbit, and its coming down hard"! My favorite in the cartoon scene is when we're watching the animal’s ice skate on the Pond and the moment that sticks with me the most in that sequence is when we see the Fish ice skating underneath the frozen pond. The humor is funny, but I wouldn't call it die of laughter funny, it's just classic cartoon fun for the kids and I'm sure that kids will enjoy the fun and the innocence that this cartoon has to offer. The Sing Along segment in this cartoon is "Jingle Bells" with the original lyrics that I'm sure most of you haven't heard before. Whether you know the original version or not, it's still fun, catchy and something you can defiantly sing along too. As a tiny piece of trivia of fun trivia for you; in the "Disney Sing Along Song" video "A Very Merry Christmas", during the "Jingle Bells" sing along segment of the video; they actually copy and paste stock footage of the dancing snowman and the tiny couple sleigh riding, while the snow falling during the second verse of "Jingle Bells" as well as having the same title cards from the original cartoon.

Overall, while not being a hundred percent memorable nor being a die hard funny cartoon either, it's still a lot of fun and is one of the best of from the series.

RATING 4/5

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