23 September 2017 | Dawalk-1
Toy Town Droll
There have been at least some Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies shorts I watched growing up, but this is among those I didn't see at that time. After looking at a site that features title cards of many of these, I decided to check out a couple of '30s ones that have the rings in the intro to them and this was one of them (the other being Boulevardier From The Bronx) over a week ago. Although that's not the only reason, the title of this made me curious enough to want to watch it.
Again, I didn't watch the whole filmography from the Golden Era growing up nor did I know much history of these WB cartoons, but reading about it has been interesting. Anyway, for the most part, I found it alright, but it could've been so much better. It just consists of rehashes taken from five, previous, other shorts, not all of which I'd already seen. One part that's familiar to me was the jack-in-the-box performing what would become the Merrie Melodies shorts' most renowned theme, Merrily We Roll Along, previously used in Billboard Frolics, which I have seen. The part with the Mexican cockroaches and the female cockroach (I didn't know what they were supposed to be, at first), they were previously featured in Lady In Red, which I haven't seen. I agree with the blogger of the Likely Looney, Mostly Merrie site that they don't belong here. With the reused or recycled animation and references, it's hardly original, not original enough. When I was little/younger, I had no idea how many of the '30s shorts seemed to be lacking and the series would progress slowly before getting more toward a wacky start for which they would become much more renowned. The parts with the boy listening to the radio and before he was put to bed, and had that dream are probably the best parts, as there wasn't as much focus on him in the middle. I see how much this was at a time when the Warners studio was still trying to find its own identity. If I had seen this and others in that same vein sooner, I probably might had not gotten the Disney comparisons. There are later Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes from the Golden Era that would come along and find much better. Despite all this, I'd still recommend it, but only for those who are curious. Regardless of these flaws, it's still a nice enough short, but once again, it could've been so much better.