Ratskin

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Ratskin
Krazy Kat series
Directed by Ben Harrison
Manny Gould
Produced by Charles Mintz
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) August 15, 1929[1]
Color process B&W
Language English
Preceded by Sleepy Holler
Followed by Canned Music

Ratskin is a 1929 animated cartoon released by Columbia Pictures starring Krazy Kat. It is the first cartoon to be released by Columbia Pictures and the first Krazy Kat cartoon released with sound.

Plot[edit]

The short features Krazy Kat hunting for turkey. He shoots with his gun what he thinks is turkey, but turns out to be a Native American instead. The Indian chases Krazy Kat and gets caught. An anamorphic pole ties Krazy up, and the Indians light a fire below him. Krazy manages to escape from the Indians, but then the Indians start shooting arrows at him. Krazy finds his gun and uses it as a record player, and the Indians start dancing. A female Indian wants to kiss Krazy, but he hits her with his gun instead. All of the Indians get angry and try to get Krazy, but Krazy escapes from the crowd, dismantles his gun, and uses the Indians (now huddled in a circle, not realizing Krazy had escaped) as a record player.

Music[edit]

The music in the title sequence is called Me-Ow, a 1918 composition by Mel B. Kaufman. It would be used in some subsequent short films of the series until Slow Beau.

Availability[edit]

  • VHS - Big Fish (special feature at the beginning of copies with previews and at the end of copies with no previews, to co-incide with Krazy Kat's 75th anniversary)
  • DVD - Big Fish (included in the bonus features menu)
  • Blu-ray - Big Fish (included in the bonus features menu)
  • DVD - Columbia Cartoon Collection: Volume 1.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bradley, Edwin M. (2005). The First Hollywood Sound Shorts, 1926-1931. McFarland. p. 142. ISBN 9781476606842. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  2. ^ "The Columbia Cartoons". the shorts development. Archived from the original on 2012-04-23. Retrieved 2012-06-17.

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