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The Merry Old Soul

The Merry Old Soul (1935) - Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series The Merry Old Soul

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  • A Vitaphone Production
  • Animated Characters: Old King Cole, Woman In the Shoe, Children.
  • Originally Released in 1935.
  • Production Number: 6925.
    Blue Ribbon: 1261.
    MPAA: 00957
  • Running Time: 6:27 minutes.
  • TechniColor (Two-Strip)
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

Release Dates:

  • Aug 17, 1935- Original Release
  • Aug 2, 1952- Blue Ribbon Reissue

Cartoon Production Information:

In September of 1943, beginning with A Feud There Was, Warner Bros. began re-releasing select color cartoons in their Blue Ribbon program. Typically the Blue Ribbon reissues received new opening sequences with Blue Ribbon title cards and standardized music. Cartoon production credits were also removed. Between ten and fifteen cartoons were released in any given year, with cartoons coming from as far back as 1935. The reissues continued until the close of the studio in the 1960's.

All Blue Ribbon cartoons were released as "Merrie Melodie" cartoons regardless of the original series. The first "Looney Tunes" short to be included in the Blue Ribbon series was The Hep Cat, which was added in 1949. The only current prints of many of these cartoons are the Blue Ribbon releases, although restoration of these cartoons with original elements and titles is always ongoing.

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

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I first saw this cartoon on

"Cartoon Playtime!"on WNEW TV

Ch.5 in NYC back in the late


And I enjoyed it.

It's a wonderful spoof on the "Old...  (read more)

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Films like this one proved Freleng had natural gifts for directing quality comedy cartoons, BEFORE Tex Avery appeared. Hilarious, inventive, and a very well-shaped cartoon...  (read more)

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This is a hillarious classic! Old King Cole marries the Woman In The Shoe! Now he's a father to alot of children! Running the conveyor belt sequence, was too funny for words! The real sidesplitter is when two of the children, rock the cradles wildly...  (read more)

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