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A Sunbonnet Blue (1937)

Two mice in love are joking and playing at a fashionable hat shop. But a rat tries to play the old fashiomed villain who kidnaps the girl. So all the other mice there are helping her lover ... See full summary »

Director:

Tex Avery (as Fred Avery)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Tex Avery ... Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc ... Police Officer Mouse / Cowboy Mouse / Football Playing Mice / George Washington Mouse / Blind Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher ... Villain Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
Bernice Hansen Bernice Hansen ... Little Boy Mouse - Little Girl Mouse (voice) (uncredited)
The Sportsmen Quartet The Sportsmen Quartet ... Themselves (voice) (uncredited)
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Two mice in love are joking and playing at a fashionable hat shop. But a rat tries to play the old fashiomed villain who kidnaps the girl. So all the other mice there are helping her lover to find her. Hiding under all the hats they finally get her back... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1937 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Cute Mice & Hats
6 May 2018 | by VimaconeSee all my reviews

Avery's early Merrie Melodies barely resemble the films he is known for producing in later years. The humor and irreverence was there, but on a very modest scale. Largely because the Merrie Melodies had to plug a pop song. Unsurprisingly, Avery spoke dismissively of his early Merrie Melodies because the formula compromised his comedic vision.

A SUNBONNET BLUE was one of the most cutesy shorts he directed. It was the second of the cute mice trilogy cartoons he did in 1937-38. It also vaguely follows the midnight in a store genre. Two romantic mice perform in a hat shop for their mice audience and a rat kidnaps the girl.

This short is very sappy for an Avery short and he no doubt viewed it with disdain. The redeeming parts are Irv Spence's loose animation scenes. The "Ratz" Brothers (parody of The Ritz Brothers) has so much spontenaety; It's easily the best scene in this otherwise mediocre short.

Within the next year Avery moved away from this type of short. THE MICE WILL PLAY revisited the premise and while still very un-Avery, it's a much better short.

Best to view for the kinetic Irv Spence animation.


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