The Emerald Isle (1949)

The Emerald Isle (1949)
Article 5809 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 7-12-2020
Directed by Seymour Kneitel
Featuring the voices of Jackson Beck, Jack Mercer and Mae Questel
Country: USA
What it is: Follow the bouncing ball

The world of Ireland is explored, and everyone gets to sing a song.

Famous Studios at Paramount put out a whole slew of “Screen Songs”, shorts that were half-cartoons and half “follow the bouncing ball” singalongs of some song, in this case the song being “MacNamara’s Band”. Though they were probably fun events in a crowded theater, as cartoons they were rather forgettable. I don’t think I’ve covered any of these before this, and I probably wouldn’t have reviewed this one if a few ghosts hadn’t popped up and done a jig as one of the gags. As far as I can tell, this is a typical entry of the series, and unless one of them really ratchets up the fantastic content, I probably won’t be covering another one.


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