The Emerald Isle (1949)
Article 5809 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Seymour Kneitel
Featuring the voices of Jackson Beck, Jack Mercer and Mae Questel
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.
Yes, the “follow the bouncing ball” cartoons are often just cute, and would have been fun singing along with others in a theater full of patrons. I’ll watch this one!