Beauty and the Beast (Merrie Melodies)

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Beauty and the Beast
Merrie Melodies series
Directed by Isadore Freleng
Produced by Leon Schlesinger
Music by Norman Spencer
Animation by Rollin Hamilton
Jack King
Studio Leon Schlesinger Productions
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) April 14, 1934 (1934-04-14) (USA)
Color process Cinecolor
Running time 7 minutes
Language English

Beauty and The Beast is a 1934 animated short film, directed by Isadore Freleng for Leon Schlesinger Productions as part of Warner bros. Merrie Melodies series. released on April 14, 1934, the short is notably the second Merrie Melodie in Color. It was one of the earliest WB cartoon's in Cinecolor.

Plot summary[edit]

A little girl named Florry is eating too many snacks when she doesn't realize that it is her bedtime. Then the Sandman comes out of nowhere and, sure enough, Florry falls asleep in the blink of an eye. Just then, she has a dream that she is in Toyland, where she encounters all kinds of fairy tale characters. They sing her a welcome song and then meet a friendly toy soldier for the first time while marching in a Toyland parade. Just then, they open a book called "Beauty and the Beast" and sing the title song from out of the pages, but as soon as they are about to get to the next page, a horrible, monstrous beast is about to take her captive. Sure enough, it's an all-out brawl between Florry and the beast. Even a toy airplane can't soothe the savage beast. When she realizes that it's all a bad dream, she gets scared and jumps back into bed, but when she covers herself with the blanket, the flap of her pajamas hangs out when she goes back to sleep.

Censorship[edit]

  • Some older syndicated prints of this cartoon shorten the part where Humpty Dumpty topples off the wall and shatters into a half-dozen dancing or skating wooden ducks for time and pacing reasons.