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Smile, Darn Ya, Smile! Cartoon Pictures Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!1931 4825 1
A Hugh Harman-Rudolf Ising Production...
 featuring Foxy, Roxy, Hippo, Hoboes.

Smile, Darn Ya, Smile! On Video!  BCDB Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (4.75 stars from 462 users.)

One Of The Most Beautiful Soundtracks In The Early Talky Era new

Comments by: from Dallas, TX, USA Rating: 5 out of 10 stars Posted: February 17, 2014
In 1928, Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising worked on the silent Oswald cartoon Trolley Troubles which is a story about a runaway trolley. Later in 1931, they made a remake of that cartoon in Smile, Darn Ya, Smile! which has sound as well as a more polished design. Because Harman and Ising were working for Warner Bros. at the time, they had the benefit of selecting popular music for their cartoons at which their distributor handled the expenses. And in the case of Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!, the two animators certainly picked a pretty good song, thus creating a film with one of the most beautiful soundtracks of the early sound perod.

Besides the beautiful song applied, one thing unique about the cartoon is the way a lot of the sound effects go accordingly to the beat of the music. And at the scene where the trolley could not move because of a cow standing on the track, there's a quartet of tramps who, despite their shabby appearance, sing with such class.

For years, Foxy has been branded by filmgoers as a cheap copy of Mickey Mouse. But animation historian John Kenworthy has a differing story. He states that in 1925, Hugh Harman drew sketches of mice on a photo of Walt Disney. Disney would later use this as the basis to construct Mickey. This suggests that Harman and Ising's creation of Foxy was reasonable.
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Comments by: Rating: 10 out of 10 stars Posted: February 10, 2010

Foxy sings and dances a classsic tune, in this utt

"Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!" first came to my attention when Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) entered Toon Town in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Robert Zemeckis, 1988). It is this short that brought the song to cartoon "classic" status and the plot is up to match!! In this amusing tale, Foxy is working the local tram and must deal with the denizens (particularly the heft Hippo) while maintaining a sunny disposition. Song and animation match perfectly with a story that also includes an appearence by Roxy. This is what animation is all about if only to show us the absurdity of every day life and what else is there left to do but be happy and smile?
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Smile, Darn Ya, Smile

Comments by: Rating: 6 out of 10 stars Posted: April 16, 2001
Foxy and Roxy go on a wild trolley ride.
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