Merrie Melodies - Have You Got Any Castles (1938)
Have You Got Any Castles? is a 1938 Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Frank Tashlin. The short was released on June 25, 1938.
Mel Blanc as Town Crier, Praying Baby, Rip Van Winkle, Emily Host, Aladdin
Georgia Stark as Whistler's Mother, Heidi
Delos Jewkes as Old King Cole
Tedd Pierce as W. C. Fields
The Four Blackbirds as Singing Group ("Swing for Sale")
The Four Blackbirds' musical performance of the big band song "Swing for Sale" is taken directly from the 1937 cartoon short Clean Pastures, directed by Friz Freleng.
This cartoon was re-released into the Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodies program on February 1, 1947.
The cartoon entered the public domain in 1966 when its last rights holder, United Artists (successor-in-interest to Associated Artists Productions), failed to renew the original copyright within the required 28-year period.
The "Town crier" in this short is a caricature of Alexander Woollcott, in reference to his radio program of the same name. He has similar mannerisms to the owl caricature of Woollcott in another Tashlin short, The Woods Are Full of Cuckoos, which was released the year before. When the cartoon was re-released, Woollcott asked that his scenes be excised from the film when he died, deducting about a minute from the film. Eventually, these scenes were restored to the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 2 DVD set. This version retains the Blue Ribbon opening and closing titles.
After the cuckoo clock sounds and the camera pans over the library, the shadow of the Town Crier appears, and afterwards, instead of hearing him ringing his bell and shouting "Hear ye, hear ye! ...", we see a fade-out to the books being presented.
The cartoon fades to black after Rip van Winkle eliminates everyone into The Hurricane and Gone with the Wind pops up. As a result of this, the brief scene where the cuckoo bird's mouth is covered and van Winkle sleeping on the clock is also cut.
The original song is from the film "Varsity Show" (1937) Music by Richard A. Whiting, with lyrics by Johnny Mercer.
The daily publication The Film Daily called the short a "fine fantasy", and gave it the following review:
The story takes place in a library, with all the characters coming to life from well known works of fiction, both classical and modern. Rip Van Winkle is the center of interest, as he cannot continue sleeping with the noise. Finally he gets The Hurricane to blow all the noise-makers back into the covers of their books again, and he goes peacefully to sleep. The final titles show the pop book Gone with the Wind.
Produced by Leon Schlesinger. Story by Jack Miller. Animation by Ken Harris. In Technicolor.
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