Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!

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Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!
Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!.jpg
The opening scene
Directed byRudolf Ising (uncredited)
Produced byHugh Harman
Rudolf Ising
Leon Schlesinger
Music byFrank Marsales
Abe Lyman
Animation byDrawn by:
Friz Freleng
Carman Maxwell
Additional drawing:
Larry Martin (uncredited)
Color processBlack-and-white (later redrawn colorized in 1992)
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
September 5, 1931
Running time
7 minutes

Smile, Darn Ya, Smile! is a Merrie Melodies cartoon short (September 5, 1931) and also the title of the song performed in the cartoon. This is one of only three Merrie Melodies cartoons to star Foxy; the other two are Lady, Play Your Mandolin! (August, 1931) and One More Time (October 3, 1931). This short is a remake of Trolley Troubles, a Disney short featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in whose creation Hugh Harman had once been involved.

A colorized version was produced in Korea by Fred Ladd, for Sunset Productions, the copyright holder at the time. It was made by re-drawing the cels and backgrounds. The animation in this version is inferior, since many drawings were left out, causing jerky movement.


Foxy is a trolley engineer whose problems include a fat lady hippo who can't fit into the trolley and a set of wheels that detach from the trolley car while it's moving. Foxy picks up his vixen girlfriend and gives her a ride, but along the way, the car is blocked by a cow wearing a dress, and glasses, and who won't get off the track. A group of nearby hobos sing the title song while Foxy tries to move the cow; he finally runs the car underneath the cow and goes on his way.

The trolley then goes down a hill and runs out of control; Foxy tries to stop it, but the brakes don't work. Finally, the trolley runs off of a cliff, throwing Foxy right into the camera... and then he falls from bed, waking up from what has turned out to be just a nightmare. The radio by his bed is playing the title song, and the annoyed Foxy smashes the radio with a bedpost upon hearing it.

The song[edit]

The theme song later appeared in Robert Zemeckis's Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Billy Cotton recorded his own version of the song in 1931. Christoph Waltz also sang it when he hosted Saturday Night Live.


  • Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 6
  • Return of the 30s Characters

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