The second of Frank Tashlin's trilogy of book-come-to-life cartoons.
The cartoon begins with Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein, the Phantom of the Opera and Fu Manchu menacing the audience, then doing a pansy dance and clapping hands.
Alexander Woollcott requested that his caricature as "The Town Crier" in this cartoon be cut from all reissues of the short after his death. Thus, after the cuckoo clock sounds and the camera pans over the library, only the shadow of the Town Crier appears, which then fades out to the books being presented.
Cab Calloway, W.C. Fields, Greta Garbo and William Powell are also caricatured.
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.
Songs: "Merrily We Roll Along" (Charlie Tobias-Murray Mencher-Eddie Cantor), "Have You Got Any Castles Baby" (Richard Whiting-Johnny Mercer), "Storyland" (Carl Stalling), "Poet and Peasant" (Von Suppe), "Mystery" (Carl Stalling), "Gavotte" (Gossec), "Have You Got Any Castles Baby" (Richard Whiting-Johnny Mercer), "Musical Library" (Carl Stalling), "Vieni Vieni" (Vincent Scotto-H. Varna-H. Koger-R. Vallee), "Swing for Sale" (Sammy Cahn-Saul Chaplin), "Heidi" (Carl Stalling), "Boulevardier from the Bronx" (Harry Warren-Al Dubin), "You're the Cure for What Ails Me" (Harold Arlen-E.Y. Harburg), "Old King Cole" (Richard Whiting-Johnny Mercer), "Bookland Frolics" (Carl Stalling), "Have You Got Any Castles Baby" (Richard Whiting-Johnny Mercer), "Poet and Peasant" (Von Suppe), "Have You Got Any Castles Baby" (Richard Whiting-Johnny Mercer), "Merrily We Roll Along" (Charlie Tobias-Murray Mencher-Eddie Cantor).
Have You Got Any Castles Production Information
Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.
- Jun 25, 1938- Original Release
- Feb 1, 1947- Blue Ribbon Reissue
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