Posted: June 27, 2011
This is the best of Columbia's entries in the Inanimate Objects Come to Life genre. Taking place in a department store at night, clothes display forms Mary Mannequin and Dan Dummy are hit by Cupid's arrow, court to the tune of "I'm Getting Chummy With a Dummy Like You," and get married. What sets this one apart is an attempt for a different character look that relies on the art of John Held Jr. and Otto Soglow, all before Art Deco backgrounds. And when the furniture and appliances decide to set up a honeymoon love nest for the two, we get the usual parade of inanimate objects, but humanized in ways I found irresistible. And for once, things don't go back to normal at dawn, as the furniture and appliances, to return quickly to their stations, run over the newlyweds, leaving the store owners to wonder how the mannequins got so tattered overnight. Smiles all the way!
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Posted: June 07, 2003
Merry Mannequins is a remake of sorts of
SKELETON DANCE made eight years before for Walt Disney. In this case, store mannequins come to life and dance in a rubber hose animation style similar to the Disney landmark. It is interesting that for this period in the decade, Iwerks did not display much growth in terms of concept or animation techinique, which by this time seems old fashioned compared to what was being done at other studios by this time. In short a rather pedestrian, unimaginative color remake.
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