|Looney Tunes (Buddy) series|
|Directed by||Ben Hardaway|
|Produced by||Leon Schlesinger|
|Voices by||Jack Carr
Bernice Hansen (both uncredited)
|Music by||Norman Spencer|
|Animation by||Don Williams
|Studio||Leon Schlesinger Productions|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.
The Vitaphone Corporation
|Release date(s)||February 16, 1935 (USA)|
|Running time||7 minutes|
|Preceded by||Buddy the Dentist (1934)|
|Followed by||Buddy's Pony Express (1935)|
Buddy's Theatre is an American animated short film, released February 16, 1935 (although one source gives April 1 as a date.) It is a Looney Tunes cartoon, featuring Buddy, the second star of the series. It was supervised by Ben Hardaway; musical direction was by Norman Spencer.
We come to Buddy's theater, to which hundreds of eager moviegoers flock for to-night's triple feature. Our Hero distributes tickets, but excuses himself for a moment to answer the telephone; as he speaks, a small child ingests the entire roll of tickets, leaving Buddy to use the child as a disburser unit. One patron orders a single ticket, only to walk past the ticket booth to reveal that she is in fact harboring an older gentleman under her coat! All on a sudden, Buddy is out of tickets. He closes the window, leaving the toddler alone on the edge; the child begins to cry, but Buddy solves this by handing him a lollipop.
Buddy picks up several reels of film to take up to the projection room; having happily surmounted several flights of stairs, he encounters difficulty in opening the door of the room, and the force of his final, successful tug sends him sliding down the banister on the same path that he took upward, & the film tumbling as well: luckily, Buddy reaches the floor first, & the reels pile up neatly into his waiting hands as he continues his slide on the ground level. Buddy, movie in hand, crashes into a water fountain, and the reels fly out of his hand & behind him, piling up neatly once again. Undaunted, he picks them up.
Within the auditorium, one patron, sitting on the aisle, is continually annoyed by other patrons wishing to pass him and sit in the same row; frustrated enough, he rips his mounted seat out of the ground & moves into the aisle. Before the main feature (a picture starring Cookie & titled "The Chinchilla"), we see a newsreel: in Italy, Prime Minister "Mausoleum" has lowered the mandatory age for military service, and so several toddlers in uniform stride past him for review; in "Yodel", Switzerland, the Swiss navy launches the nation's newest battle cruiser, which sinks into the sea not a moment after her first embarkation: the Swiss officials present show a pleasant apathy for the situation!
Back in the projection room, Buddy mends a broken film reel by hammering a staple into it. He places the reel in the projector and starts the film, this time an advertisement for "Attractions Coming" (an obvious flaw with the positioning of the projector, which Buddy then adjusts that the screen displays "Coming Attractions," as it should.) Apparently, this coming motion picture is "The Smash Hit of the Century (three years in the remaking)": "It's Gigantic!" announces the painted wings of an approaching plane. "It's Stupendous!" "It's Colossal!" And then, "Super-Colossal!" "In fact," says a plane that falls, unceremoniously, to the earth, "it's almost mediocre." "Don't fail to see James Bagknee in "Here Comes the Gravy." The advertisements continue, and finally we come to "The Chinchilla."
Cookie sits at a piano, playing "How High Can a Little Bird Fly?" when an ape-like beast comes through her window; the ape becomes trapped in the piano, Cookie flees, but as the beast comes to the window to continue the chase, we see that she is trapped, by her shirt, on a tree branch. She screams for help! Buddy will save her: by a pulley device, he is able to switch the projection screen to a clothesline, on which hangs a pair of long underwear, into which the ape, fantastically transported, jumps, to its entrapment. Buddy then takes an open film reel & hurls it from the room, into the theater itself, that it catches onto a chandelier; Buddy then swings onto the screen, kicking the ape in the process & disappearing for a moment. He re-emerges with a wooden plank, with which he smacks the beast into the distance. When Buddy manually returns the movie screen to its place, his sweetheart still magically dangles from the same branch. Taking a step ladder, Buddy goes to rescue her, but falls forward onto the screen, collapsing it in the process; he pops out from under the folds of the cloth, a bit dazed (and conspicuously without Cookie!)
The film reels
The title of the newsreel is "Passé News", an obvious parody of "Pathé News." In the Coming Attractions segment, a spoof of Here Comes the Navy, featuring reused footage of a ship from Buddy the Gob, is advertised; The Thin Man and Eight Girls in a Boat, both actual films, are also referenced. Finally, Cookie's picture is produced by "Warmer Bros." & "Phoney Vitamin".
This article's placement follows the chronology given in the article Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies filmography (1929-1939); that article often conflicts on dates and order with the filmography appendix of Leonard Maltin's Of Mice and Magic. For more on this as it relates to those cartoons featuring Buddy, see the relevant section of the article on Buddy's Circus.
- Maltin, Leonard. Of Mice and Magic: a History of American Animated Cartoons. Von Hoffmann Press, Inc., 1980. p. 406