26 May 2009 | Dawalk-1
Russian History Made All The Better To Be Amusing.
History can become better and get more intriguing when it's being poked fun at and this is one good example of Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies that done them. Rice-Puddin' is a spoof on Rasputin, the Russian Mad Monk who had more power than the czar and because of the people's loathing of him, this led to the 1917 Revolution. This WB cartoon takes place in a small village in Russia and the villagers are having a fun time, performing traditional cossack dances to not-so-traditional music. Even a little gypsy girl joins in, dancing with a tambourine at one point. But her fun is interrupted when Rice-Puddin' spots her through a pair of binoculars and he sends a guard to bring her to the palace where he is. Will anybody come to her aid, will her cries for help be answered? Tune in to find out for yourselves.
This is one of my favorite history-based WB cartoons. That Rice-Puddin' is a comical villain. The best parts for me are scenes of him trying to complete a puzzle, a short gypsy disguising himself as a woman to get past a palace guard, the whole musical number of the title song and the angry, armed mob coming after Rice-Puddin'. The whole thing is great really, right up to the outcome. An hilarious take on a history figure. Recommended especially for history buffs.