Boy Meets Dog (1938)
Article 6026 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Walter Lantz
Featuring the voices of Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher, June Foray
What it is: Cartoon Comeuppance and Dental Commercial
A tyrannical father is knocked unconscious and dreams that pixies put him on trial for cruelty and failure to encourage proper dental care.
This is a rather weird cartoon from the Walter Lantz studio. The title refers to a minor plot element in the story; the main thrust of the story is how a tyrannical father is taught a lesson when he has a dream that the pixies in a painting kidnap him and take him to trial. On top of that, the cartoon is packed with references to dental hygiene, and in fact the cartoon was made for Bristol-Myers to plug their toothpaste. On top of that, it’s pretty bizarre; a lot of the pixies seem to be doing celebrity impressions and the trial sequence is full of bizarre non-sequiturs. Though it makes for an interesting viewing experience, it feels like an undisciplined mess at times.