Scrappy’s Television (1934)

Article 4258 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 7-1-2013
Directed unknown
Voice cast unknown
Country: USA
What it is: Mid-thirties cartoon

Scrappy tries to demonstrate his new invention (a television set) to a not-entirely-appreciative audience.

In the opening credits sequence, the still picture of Scrappy makes him look vaguely Peter Lorre-ish, but in the animation, he’s fairly characterless, though he does have a Mickey Mouse style voice. If there’s a highlight to this rather dull cartoon, it’s the boxing match that is shown on the television that makes up the last half of the cartoon; in it, a boxer who looks like the Frankenstein monster takes on a boxer who looks like Ed Wynn (complete with fire hat). This sequence really isn’t much funnier than what went on earlier in the cartoon, but the animation is more ambitious. Overall, this one is pretty forgettable.


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