The Merry Old Soul

The Merry Old Soul


Directed By: I. Freleng
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: August 17, 1935
Series: Merrie Melodies
Animation: Rollin Hamilton
Riley Thomson
Rod Scribner (uncredited)
Film Editor: Bernard B. Brown (uncredited)
Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Billy Bletcher
Berneice Hansell
Music: Norman Spencer
Starring: Old King Cole
Woman in the Shoe
Preceded By: Buddy Steps Out
Succeeded By: Buddy the Gee Man
The Merry Old Soul

The Merry Old Soul

The Merrie Old Soul (A.A.P

The Merrie Old Soul (A.A.P. Print)

The Merry Old Soul is a 1935 Merrie Melodies short directed by I. Freleng.


This cartoon combines two nursery rhymes to illustrate the ill-advised marriage of Old King Cole to the Woman in the Shoe and the King's unfortunate attempts to keep her "many children" under control. In the end, these all precipitate a nervous breakdown in Old King Cole.



  • This short was later re-released in 1952 as a Blue Ribbon reissue.
  • Animation of Old King Cole crying and wailing at the end of this cartoon would be reused in the ending of "Good Night Elmer".
  • The original titles have been found, but it is unknown if they will be acquired for future releases.
  • Ending BR titles use the special ending cue first used in "The Wacky Wabbit".
  • Unlike most pre-1942 color Merrie Melodies cartoons released on The Golden Age of Looney Tunes Volume 5 laserdisc, this cartoon survives its original ending card due to the a.a.p. version (complete with the a.a.p. opening titles intact) released on LaserDisc.


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