Buddy the Gee Man
|Buddy the Gee Man|
|Looney Tunes (Buddy) series|
|Directed by||Jack King|
|Produced by||Leon Schlesinger|
|Voices by||Jack Carr
|Music by||Norman Spencer|
|Animation by||Sandy Walker
|Studio||Leon Schlesinger Productions|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.
The Vitaphone Corporation
|Release date(s)||August 24, 1935 (USA)|
|Running time||7 minutes|
|Preceded by||Buddy Steps Out (1935)|
|Followed by||None (last in Buddy series); A Cartoonist's Nightmare (1935)|
Buddy the Gee Man is an American animated short film, released by Warner Bros. on 24 August 1935. It is a Looney Tunes cartoon, featuring Buddy, the second star of the series. It was supervised by Jack King; musical direction was by Norman Spencer. The short is the last cartoon to feature Buddy, the sole star of the Looney Tunes series since September 1933's Buddy's Day Out; the next film in the series, A Cartoonist's Nightmare, features Beans the Cat. The theme music is "Lulu's Back in Town."
In Washington, D.C., at the Department of Justice, an agent rushes a letter off to Federal Agent Buddy at 000 1/2 Cornbread Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri, where Our Hero opens it and reads his order: "Conduct secret investigation as to the treatment accorded prisoners by Warden at Sing-Song Prison." Donning a false mustache & his cap, Buddy spits on an horseshoe and tosses it behind him, flipping his lid upon seeing that he has broken a mirror. Shrugging it off, he starts out the door. Gathering his dog, which is dressed like Sherlock Holmes, Buddy goes off to the police station, from whence two officers are taking Machinegun Mike to Sing-Song, to a great commotion amongst a gathered throng. Buddy & his dog latch themselves onto the back of the police car.
A troupe of motorcycles precedes the car as it rolls past the gates of the prison. Buddy opens the door of the office of Warden Otto B. Kinder, on whom he spies, taking notes continually. When the prisoners break into a musical number ("Lulu's Back in Town," again), the Warden orders them to be silent; he also orders silence from two prisoners exchanging letters; he gives a mallet to a lazy prisoner supposed to be smashing rocks, instead tapping out "London Bridge is Falling Down," only to be accidentally smacked in the head by the mallet; another prisoner attempting to propel himself from the prison by means of a cannon is given a pick-axe.
Buddy rushes off to a typewriter and begins a letter to his Chief in Washington: "Inspection completed. Recommend change in warden. Have some new ideas how prison should be run." A newspaper then reveals to us that Our Hero has been chosen warden! The prisoners now are shown to be enjoying some of their time at the prison: Warden Buddy doles out ice cream & offers cigars to his subjects; Machinegun Mike is given a notice of pardon by a guard, but sets it aflame with his cigar, continuing at a rock with his jackhammer. Prisoners rush through the gates now, pleasantly excited that Buddy is warden: but some must be shut out, for, as a sign hung over the gate by the new warden states, there are "no vacancies."
Buddy lives at 000 1/2 Cornbread Avenue, just as Cookie is shown to live at 00 1/2 Cornbread Avenue in Buddy the Detective. Another similarity between this cartoon and Buddy the Detective is the use of Holmesian garb, although here it is worn by the dog rather than the protagonist.
That's All Folks!
This is the fourth and last Buddy cartoon after which Beans delivers the traditional Looney Tunes valediction, "That's all, folks!" For more on this, see the relevant section of the article on Buddy's Bug Hunt.
- Maltin, Leonard. Of Mice and Magic: a History of American Animated Cartoons. Von Hoffmann Press, Inc., 1980. p. 406