Foney Fables (1942)
Article 5497 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Friz Freleng
Featuring the voices of Sara Berner, Mel Blanc, Frank Graham
What it is: Warner Brothers cartoon
A series of gags are made about fairy tales.
One common type of cartoon Warner Brothers churned out was the “blackout gag” cartoon. These consisted of a set of blackout gags on a specific subject, and usually featured one running gag in the mix. In this case, the theme was fairy tales, so it offers at least some fantastic content in the form of a genie and a two-headed giant. However, the gags aren’t particularly memorable, and many of them haven’t aged well because of the topicality of the many WWII gags would need explanation. I remember seeing this one as a kid, but the only thing I remembered about it was the running gag, which had to do with the Boy who Cried Wolf, and I’m guessing if you saw it as a kid, you might remember it as well. This is not Warner’s at its best.