Posted: September 20, 2003
Among the cream of the late Betty musicals ("Rhythm On The Reservation" is another). As usual in these cartoons, the plot accounts for virtually nothing; but once the extended song-and-dance commences, all is forgiven.
High Point Of Animation (& Of Comedy): when Sis trips on her hair. (Also, Big Brother--with the falsetto voice--is kinda cute.)
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Posted: January 18, 2003
A Practical use for Moonshine
This is one of the last in the series, and is interesting on a number of levels. First it represents one of the formats that propelled the series, that of the vaudville type of musical skit story. Although the story is rather simple and straight forward, there are some interesting bits included.
While motoring through the Ozarks, Betty runs out of gas in the middle of the territory of the famous Hatfield and Coy feud. Although at peace, Betty's backfiring car sounds like gun shots, and the Coys mistakenly think the Hatfields are "at it again." So they hide, waiting to see who the stranger is. Could it be a "revenuer"?
Betty climbs the hill looking for help. Thinking the hillbilly shack is deserted, she makes a wonderful "dumb brunette" remark, "Looks like the people who moved out don't live here anymore."
Suddenly they Coys jump out, all gun aimed at Betty. Once she convinces the Coys that she is a dancer, they break into song, "Them Thar Hills," which is loaded with lots of amusing visual gags. My favorites are the hillbilly blowing on the jug and squeezing the pig with his other arm to make an alternating squeek. Also the tripping on the long hair is a funny bit, too. Even Betty blowing on a kazoo has some interesting aspects since it almost looks as though her sweater is too tight.
The Coys fill her gas tank with some of their "moonshine," and send her happily on her way. Oh well, it's just a cartoon!
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Posted: October 08, 2002
One of the best latter-day Betty cartoons. The plot accounts for virtually nothing, but once the extended song-and-dance in the second half of the film commences, all is forgiven. A good reminder (for me, anyway) of how the Fleischer cartoons are FUNNY in way even the classic M-G-M and Warner cartoons somehow never were.
High Point Of Animation (& Of Comedy): when Sis trips on her hair.
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