Swing Shift Cinderella

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Swing Shift Cinderella
Swing Shift Cinderella Title Screen.png
Title screen
Directed by Tex Avery
Produced by Fred Quimby (unc. on original issue)
Story by Heck Allen
Voices by Frank Graham
Colleen Collins
Music by Scott Bradley
Animation by Ray Abrams
Preston Blair
Ed Love
Studio MGM
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) August 25, 1945
Color process Technicolor
Running time 5 minutes, 30 seconds
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by Red Hot Riding Hood
Followed by Little Rural Riding Hood

Swing Shift Cinderella is an animated cartoon short subject. It is in the same vein as Red Hot Riding Hood. Frank Graham voiced the wolf, and Colleen Collins voiced Cinderella, with Imogene Lynn providing her singing voice.[1]

Plot[edit]

At the beginning, the Big Bad Wolf is chasing the young version of Little Red Riding Hood from the beginning of Red Hot Riding Hood. But then Little Red stops and points out that the two of them are in the wrong cartoon. The Wolf shoos away Little Red and decides to go and meet Cinderella (played by Red from Red Hot Riding Hood). He takes a taxi to her house and immediately falls in love with her upon seeing her, but she sternly rebuffs him. Eventually, Cinderella calls her Fairy Godmother (played by Grandma from Red Hot Riding Hood) to get rid of him and set her up for that night's ball. The second the Fairy Godmother hears that there's a Wolf, she rushes right over. The Fairy Godmother traps the Wolf, then gives Cinderella a sexy dress and transforms a pumpkin into a Woodie for her to go the ball, but tells Cinderella that she has to get home by midnight (just like in the classic fairy tale).

The Big Bad Wolf and Cinderella

The oversexed Fairy Godmother then keeps the Wolf busy. She appears before him in an old-fashioned 1890s swimsuit ("Miss Repulsive 1898") and then an evening gown before trying to snuggle up to him on the couch. She chases him all around Cinderella's house and, eventually, to the nightclub where Cinderella's performing (the Wolf got the wand briefly and turned Cinderella's bathtub into a convertible; the Fairy Godmother got the wand back and turned Cinderella's trash can into a Jeep). At one point, the Wolf accidentally kisses the Fairy Godmother, thinking she was Cinderella, which only further deepens her lust for the Wolf. More chasing ensues, though more low-key, until Cinderella comes out on-stage and performs an exotic dance while singing the song Oh Wolfie. The Wolf runs to dance with Cinderella on stage but the smitten Godmother intercepts him and she dances with the Wolf. The Fairy Godmother even chains the Wolf to her leg at one point so he can't get too far from her.

After the performance, more brief chasing ensues until the clock strikes midnight. Cinderella rushes home, on the way her station wagon predictably changes back into a pumpkin, but she makes it in time to catch the bus to the factory; turns out that she's actually a Rosie the Riveter by night and she has to work the midnight shift.

Analysis[edit]

This short includes wartime references. The motor scooter of the fairy godmother displays an "A" gas ration sticker. She later uses a jeep. Cinderella is a welder, working the midnight shift at the Lockweed Aircraft Plant. There is also a female cabdriver depicted, a frequently used motif during the War.[2]

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swing Shift Cinderella". www.bcdb.com, April 13, 2012
  2. ^ Shull, Wilt (2004), p. 185

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