Symphony in Slang
|Symphony in Slang|
|Directed by||Tex Avery|
|Produced by||Fred Quimby|
|Music by||Scott Bradley|
|Animation by||Michael Lah
|Release date(s)||June 16, 1951 (USA)|
|Running time||6 minutes, 43 seconds|
"Symphony in Slang" is a 1951 cartoon short directed by Tex Avery, written by Rich Hogan and released with the movie No Questions Asked by MGM. Minimalist and abstract in style (many of the "gags" are created either with single, still frames or limited animation), it tells the story of a man John Brown, who finds himself at the Pearly Gates explaining the story of his life to a bewildered Saint Peter and Noah Webster using slang of that era. The majority of the short is made up of sight gags based on Peter and Webster's imagined, literal understandings of such phrases as "I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth" and "Outside it was raining cats and dogs."
A young man (a real swinging hep cat) goes to Heaven and steps before St. Peter. But his life story is so peppered with slang that neither St. Peter nor Noah Webster can understand him. What follows is a series of sight gags based on Webster's literal interpretations of the slang terms (for example, when the guy says "I guess the cat had her tongue," we see a cat sitting there, smiling a wicked smile, holding a tongue in his paw!).
- Symphony in Slang at the Internet Movie Database
- Symphony in Slang at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Analysis of Symphony in Slang
- Gallery of images from the cartoon including layouts, backgrounds and stills.
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