Down South (film)
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|Toby the Pup series|
|Directed by||Dick Huemer
|Produced by||Charles Mintz|
|Animation by||Art Davis|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
|Release date(s)||April 15, 1931|
|Color process||Black and white|
|Preceded by||Brown Derby|
Down South is a short film distributed by RKO Radio Pictures, and is the ninth of the twelve Toby the Pup cartoons. The title comes from a 1901 song which is featured in the cartoon. While the film is made at the Mintz studio, some prints of it erroneously feature Van Beuren title cards.
Toby is the pilot of a paddle steamer. One day he docks his boat at a harbor to pick up passengers. As he has to shake hands with just about everyone who comes aboard, Toby struggles to keep a smile on his face.
When the boat finally leaves the harbor, the passengers are treated to some entertainment as the flapper girl in a dainty gown sings the song "Mississippi Mud" at the center of the main deck. Everybody else sings along too, and stomps as well. But as they stomp harder and harder, the boat starts to shake. The shake is so strong that almost everybody, including Toby, gets thrown overboard.
The boat isn't completely vacant as the flapper girl is still on board. Not liking to be alone there, she yells for help. Toby, trailing behind, swims to reach her. The boat then approaches a waterfall but Toby is able to reach it and gets back on board in time. He then moves the paddle wheels from the sides to the front. As the boat reaches the edge of the waterfall, the paddle wheels at the front work like aircraft propellers, enabling it to fly. Relieved of her troubles, the flapper girl kisses Toby.
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