Buddy's Trolley Troubles
|Buddy's Trolley Troubles|
|Looney Tunes (Buddy) series|
|Directed by||Friz Freleng|
|Produced by||Leon Schlesinger|
|Voices by||Jack Carr
Bernice Hansen (both uncredited)
|Music by||Norman Spencer|
|Animation by||Ben Clopton
|Studio||Leon Schlesinger Productions|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.
The Vitaphone Corporation
|Release date(s)||May 5, 1934 (USA)|
|Running time||7 minutes|
|Preceded by||Buddy's Garage (1934)|
|Followed by||Buddy of the Apes (1934)|
Buddy's Trolley Troubles is an American animated short film. It is a Looney Tunes cartoon, featuring Buddy, the second star of the series. It was released on May 5, 1934 and is the third cartoon supervised by Friz Freleng. Musical direction was by Norman Spencer.
Buddy is a motorman on the urban line: he leaves his home, whistling the tune of the song that he shall sing as he sets out on his run. Creatively employing a piece of his picket fence as a track, he drives his trolley car out of his shed. He stops for a large lady, whom he assists in boarding the car, & starts again before a male passenger can board: the gentleman chases the car, eventually catching up and winning a great deal of money upon dropping five cents. Once Buddy's car has emptied, he picks up Cookie, which he accomplishes by extending the height of his streetcar by an accordion apparatus underneath the vehicle; of course, the detour obstructs traffic & attracts the unwelcome attention of an unfriendly traffic officer, who does not allow Buddy to speak, & upon Cookie's defense of Buddy, punches Our Hero in the nose, commanding him to move on. Obeying, Buddy extends an arm-shaped stop signal from his car & drives, the signal knocking the officer on to his face. Buddy & Cookie continue to ride, and perilously outrun and then avoid a large locomotive. A prisoner, in a striped uniform, ball-and-chain at his ankle, stands in a ditch & hammers at his bounds with a large rock, to no effect: hearing Buddy's trolley car approaching on the track that runs over the ditch, the prisoner throws his chain over the track & latches on to a branch (failing on first attempt.) The car compromises the chain, and the felon is free; Buddy's car stops, & he steps out of the driver's seat to inspect the vehicle. The prisoner, meanwhile, seeing Cookie through the motorcar window, commandeers the driver's seat whilst Buddy is distracted; Cookie screams, Buddy expresses his indignation, but the villain knocks Our Hero backwards, leaving his sweetheart to yell for help. Buddy quickly regains sensibility, and takes to his control another vehicle, eventually grabbing on to the wire of the trolley car, kicking the thief in the face, twice, and then taking Cookie & swinging over to his emergency vehicle. The jailbreak soon sees that he is to collide with a stalled truck full of dynamite, and though the owner of the truck attempts to start his motor, it is no use and both streetcar & transport truck explode, leaving the owner of the latter quite scarred and dazed, & the prisoner dizzily seated on the ground of a pig pen: Buddy & Cookie step over to the helpless villain, and Buddy seals him in by extending the fence of the pen, & several piglets emerge just to humorously annoy the trumped bruiser.
Similarity to other shorts
Buddy's Trolley Troubles is similar, in some respects, to other shorts: Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, in 1927, starred in a cartoon called Trolley Troubles, in which he runs a streetcar; and an earlier Warner Bros. character called Foxy ran a trolley car during a long dream sequence in the Harman-Ising Merrie Melody Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!, in which he, amongst other things, rings his bell by means of a cat, operates car no. 13, picks up his sweetheart & helps a large lady passenger board.
As Buddy's car approaches Cookie's building, we see a billboard advertising "Katz Beer," a reference to Ray Katz, Leon Schlesinger's business assistant.
- Maltin, Leonard. Of Mice and Magic: a History of American Animated Cartoons. Von Hoffmann Press, Inc., 1980. p. 406.