A SPANISH TWIST (1932)
Article 4808 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by John Foster and Vernon Stallings
Voice cast unknown
What it is: Tom and Jerry cartoon (the other ones)
Tom and Jerry’s raft gets wrecked by an octopus. They wash ashore in Spain, where they partake in the dancing at a cafe and fight bulls until Prohibition is repealed.
The best thing I can say about the human Tom and Jerry cartoons of the early thirties is that sometimes they get weird enough to distract you from how lame they are. I’m afraid this one never reaches those – uh – heights. The rubbery animation seems primitive and the characters are non-entities; if there’s any difference between Tom and Jerry other than their heights and clothes sense, I don’t know what it is. The octopus and the bulls have a few anthropomorphic qualities for the fantastic content; furthermore, it could be called a fantasy simply because people don’t move that way. All in all, this isn’t funny, nor is it much fun.