[PW] Music used in a Betty Boop cartoon
DorisAnn at woh.rr.com
Fri May 15 17:18:58 PDT 2015
This on the YouTube site of the cartoon.
> *ploaded on Feb 6, 2009*
> This 1933 cartoon featuring Cab Calloway is remarkable for having been
> animated by a single individual, Roland C. Crandall, and is considered
> one of the best cartoons ever made. Crandall received the opportunity
> to make Snow White on his own as a reward for his several years of
> devotion to the Fleischer studio, and the resulting film is considered
> both his masterwork and an important milestone of The Golden Age of
> American animation.
> (See The 50 Greatest Cartoons, as Selected by 1,000 Animation
> Professionals, edited by Jerry Beck, Turner Publishing, Inc., 1994.)
> You don't get to see any live action of Cab in "Snow White," which is
> too bad, but the animation is incredible and, of course, the music is
> Cab and his Orchestra at their best.
> First Cab sings "St. James Infirmary" in the rotoscoped guise of Koko
> the Clown. "St. James Infirmary" was Cab's original signature tune,
> but he wanted something written specifically for himself, so he and
> Irving Mills wrote "Minnie the Moocher" to supplant "St. James
> Infirmary." The two melodies are extremely similar, and also bear a
> close resemblance to "Prohibition Blues." "Snow White" ends with the
> old Missourians instrumental, "Stopping the Traffic."
> This plot, such as it is, is really more a framework to display a
> series of gags, musical selections, and clever animation. Critics have
> cited the film as having some of the most imaginative animation and
> background drawings from the Fleischer Studios artists.
I remember a tv special with Fred Astaire in the old b & w tv days in
which he did a dance to St. James Infirmary.
Doris Ann Norris, the 2000-year-old librarian
5/15/2015 4:37 PM, Bill Davis wrote:
> I'm trying to help someone on IMDB find what piece of music was used
> from 3:34 to 4:00 in a Betty Boop cartoon here:
> It was immediately preceded by the music from a then-current Bing
> Crosby song, "Please," so I think this might be another popular theme
> from the time.
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