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Smile, Darn Ya, Smile! (1931) - Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!

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  • A Hugh Harman-Rudolf Ising Production, Vitaphone Pictures
  • Animated Characters: Foxy, Roxy, Hippo, Hoboes.
  • Originally Released in 1931.
  • Production Number: 4825
  • Running Time: 6:57 minutes.
  • Black & White
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

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The "fox" characters (Foxy and Roxy) have more than a coincidental resemblance to Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

There are two gags in this short that are commonly called "Disney-swipes." The first involves Foxy deflating the big, fat hippo with a pin which was stolen from "The Opry House" (1929). The second was when Foxy threw a rope around the runaway trolley, wrapped the rope around a pole, held on tight, went spinning around the pole, and was flung back into the trolley.

Listen for the singing hoboes by the side of the interurban line (they sound just like The Revelers).

The title tune was composed in 1931 by Charles O'Flynn and Jack Meskill (lyrics) and Max Rich (music). It was reused in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" (1988).

The sequence with the cow over the tracks was previously used in the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon "Trolley Troubles" (1927)

This cartoon is also included as an extra on the DVD of "The Public Enemy" (1931).

"Smile, Darn Ya, Smile," Music by Max Rich, Lyrics by Jack Meskill and Charles O'Flynn, Sung by Foxy and Roxy, and by the Hoboes;
"Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1," Music by Edward Elgar;
"The Year of Jubilo" and "Good Morning to You," Music by Mildred J. Hill, Lyrics by Patty S. Hill, Sung by Foxy and Roxy

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

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One Of The Most Beautiful Soundtracks In The Early Talky Era

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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...  (read more)

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"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...  (read more)

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Smile, Darn Ya, Smile

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Foxy and Roxy go on a wild trolley ride.

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