Piggy was the Harmon/Ising studio's second attempt to create a star for the Merrie Melodies cartoon series. Piggy replaced Foxy. Foxy lasted for only three cartoons. Piggy's tenure was even... See full synopsis »
Foxy is a streetcar driver who sings "Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!" as he drives along the tracks. Nearly everyone he encounters sings along: the hippo who can't fit into the car, the girl-fox who can, and the hobos on the side of the tracks. Even the characters on the billboards come to life and sing. Foxy's job is not without troubles. His first difficulty is the cow who blocks his way and refuses to move. Later, he's in more serious trouble when he loses control of the car, sending him and the girl-fox careening down the tracks at top speed. Written by
In the scene where Foxy was trying to push a hippo into the streetcar, which is clearly too small for her, she starts mumbling in gibberish. It's actually a backwards track and when played in reverse, she's clearly saying "Susie heard one of those Atlantic bells! Whataya think?" See more »
The first shot of the hobos shows a pot with a fire going underneath. In the next shot of the hobos (from the same angle), the pot is missing, leaving an empty space on the right side of the screen. In the third shot, the pot is back, but there's no fire underneath (even though a hobo tells the singing chicken inside to "boil, darn ya, boil"). See more »
Smile, darn ya, smile! / Smile, darn ya, smile! / Come on and smile, darn ya, smile!
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I think this was the final cartoon to feature the character of Foxy (who was Mickey Mouse with pointed ears and a bushy tail), and like the others, it is purely a cartoon built around a song from the Warner Bros. back catalogue, in this case 'Smile, Darn Ya, Smile'.
The animation is fine but some situations had been used the year before with Bosko and Honey in 'Sinkin in the Bathtub' (the runaway train was a car before, and they were both stopped by a supercilious cow). It isn't that original and is relentlessly cheerful as many 1930s cartoons were.
Still, these animations are always of historical interest and are good to see, and this isn't at all bad, if you like that sort of thing.
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