The Museum (1930)
Article 6030 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Arthur Davis, Dick Huemer, Sid Marcus
No voice cast
What it is: Toby the Pup cartoon
Toby the Pup works as a janitor at a museum, but he can’t help but play music.
I suspect one of the biggest effects of the advent of sound on cartoons was to downplay stories and character and emphasize the incorporation of music into the medium. For some animators, I think it gave them opportunity to be lazy, but others tried to see how weird and bizarre they could get. This is one of the latter; we have dancing fountain pens, statues coming to life, gargling dinosaur skeletons, mummies dancing and unwinding into skeletons dancing around maypoles…quite frankly, it feels a bit like a fever dream. It’s rather pointless, but weirdly entertaining in its way.