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I Haven't Got a Hat
I Haven't Got A Hat
Directed By: Isadore Freleng
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: March 2, 1935
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Isadore Freleng (uncredited)
Tex Avery (uncredited)
Animation: Rollin Hamilton
Jack King
Bob Clampett (uncredited)
Ben Clopton (uncredited)
Chuck Jones (uncredited)
Robert McKimson (unc.)
Rod Scribner (uncredited)
Layouts:
Backgrounds:
Film Editor: Bernard Brown (uncredited)
Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Billy Bletcher (uncredited)
Joe Dougherty (uncredited)
Berneice Hansell (uncredited)
Martha Wentworth (unc.)
Elvia Allman (uncredited)
Music: Bernard Brown
Norman Spencer (uncredited)
Starring: Porky Pig
Beans
Ham and Ex
Miss Cud
Oliver Owl
Little Kitty
Preceded By: Country Boy
Succeeded By: Buddy's Pony Express

I Haven't Got a Hat is a 1935 Merrie Melodies short directed by Friz Freleng.

Plot

Miss Cud, a cow who is the school teacher, Beans, who is caught defiantly eating from a jar of jam, Porky Pig and Oliver Owl, who are both shown at once, and twin puppies Ham and Ex are sponsoring a musical and recital for the benefit of teachers and parents.

The talent show first features Porky Pig reciting the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem "Paul Revere's Ride", but with his excessive stutter causing him to recite his part with incredible strain and sweat on some moments. Porky points to offstage students to provide sound effects for his next poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade", using the underside of a turtle's shell for a drum, and falling light bulbs for gunfire. However, he points to the wrong student, but the intended student takes his cue, and Porky points to the correct one. The class children whistle and cat-call which makes several stray dogs burst into the schoolhouse and chase poor Porky out.

Little Kitty attempts to recite "Mary Had a Little Lamb". She is so nervous that she forgets a couple of lines, even confusing snow for corn flakes, and then proceeds with the rhyme but gradually speeds up her voice to a high pitch. Throughout her performance she is fidgeting and crossing her legs in a way to suggest she urgently needs the toilet. She reaches the end of the rhyme as she makes a hasty exit to the school outhouse.

Ham and Ex sing the song "I Haven't Got a Hat". During this performance, Oliver Owl haughtily refuses to share a bag of candy with Beans, who is angered by Oliver's snobbery. When Oliver goes up for his piano recital, Beans decides it is time for payback and sneaks a stray cat and dog into the piano. Their commotion creates a virtuoso performance of Franz von Suppé's Poet and Peasant overture to riotous applause. When the animals jump out of the piano, with the cat chasing the dog rather than vice versa, the ruse is revealed to the audience's disapproval and Oliver, humbled and vengeful, covers Beans in green ink from his pen, causing Beans to fall off his ladder and launch a pail of red paint onto Oliver. Caught in the same predicament, they shake hands.

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Notes

  • This is the debut appearance of Little Kitty, Beans, Ham and Ex, Oliver Owl and the future cartoon star, Porky Pig.
  • Struggling against other animation studios, Warner Bros. were desperate to find a character as successful as major studios' mascots (such as Disney's Mickey Mouse, Fleischer Studios' Betty Boop and Felix the Cat), and so Friz designed several potential characters.
  • The short was inspired by the Hal Roach Our Gang live-action shorts.[1]
  • Porky was named after two childhood friends of Friz Freleng nicknamed Porky and Piggy.
  • Many of the characters used in this short were given their own short, in order to see if they were a good recurring character, but WB particularly focused on Beans, to no avail, as Porky's stuttering kept stealing the show, successfully. Due to Porky's popularity, several of the other Warner Bros. cartoon directors, such as, Frank Tashlin, Tex Avery and Bob Clampett, decided to focus on Porky Pig, and Porky became the next major star of the Warner Bros.
  • Beans and Oliver don't speak in their first appearances.
  • This is the 100th Warner Bros. cartoon short to be released.
  • The song "I Haven't Got a Hat" was written by Buddy Bernier and Bob Emmerich.
  • The end scene emphasizes the fact that this was a two-strip Technicolor cartoon, with only red and green hues. At the time, the three-strip process with blue hues added was exclusive to Disney for use in cartoons. This contract ran out in the fall of 1935, and WB released their first three-strip Technicolor cartoon, "Flowers for Madame", in November of that year.

Gallery

References

  1. (1988) That's All, Folks! : The Art of Warner Bros. Animation. Henry Holt and Co, page 43. ISBN 0-8050-0889-6. 


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1996 Superior Duck
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