The Case of the Screaming Bishop (1944)
Article 5759 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Howard Swift
Featuring the voice of John McLeish
What it is: Sherlock Holmes cartoon parody
Two characters modeled off of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson try to solve a case where a dinosaur skeleton was stolen from a museum.
This bizarre little cartoon hovers around the edges of the fantastic genres, but I’m not really sure it falls in; in fact, it doesn’t even have any anthropomorphic animals. In fact, I’m not sure it even has much in the way of laughs; every gag leaves me with a sense that it didn’t quite work, but I’m never sure exactly what I’d do to make it work because I’m not sure what it was trying to do. Unfortunately, it’s one of those cartoons I’d like to like; I’m sure you could do something with the idea of Holmes investigating a dinosaur skeleton theft. As it is, if it gets by, it’s on the strength of its weirdness. By the way, there’s no screaming bishop in the cartoon.