The Merry Cafe (1936)
Article 5929 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Manny Gould, Ben Harrison and Allen Rose
Voice cast unknown
What it is: Krazy Kat cartoon
Krazy Kat is penniless, but he tries to somehow find something to eat in an Eato-Mat cafe.
There’s not much in the way of real fantastic content (other than the anthropomorphic animals) during the first half of the cartoon, but during the second half Krazy Kat dreams that all the food comes to life and starts singing and dancing, which brings us closer, and when the devil’s food cake causes the appearance of little devils, that cements it. It’s a typical cartoon of the era, with several gags and musical numbers, and there are a few fun gags, such as finding out how the hard-boiled eggs dance and what’s in the ham sandwich. By this time, of course, Krazy was little more than a Mickey Mouse clone with little connection to the original comic strip character on which he was based.