November 6, 2014 posted by Steve Stanchfield

What WAS the Cartoon with THAT scene?


I’m sure you cartoony people are used to answering the question that starts like this: “I heard you know a lot about cartoons. I saw this one cartoon as a child that….”

Generally, I’m guessing, if you’re like me, it’s usually something you’ve seen a million times at this point and know pretty well. The next thing of course is that they want to SEE it again, so of course they’ll ask you for a copy or to guide them on how to find it. Youtube has been a saving grace as a resource point for so many of these now.

I’d love to see YOUR list of what cartoons people ask you about (and that means you too, Jerry – who may get asked this more than anyone…). The PD era of VHS and DVDs means another new generation will be on the hunt for old cartoons- and I don’t mind at all!

Here’s my list:

The Sunshine Makers (Van Beuren, 35). Of course. Why do so many people remember this little film so well? It must be the charm of the story, and the design of the animation. Make sure to tune into Turner Classic Movies on December 7th at Midnight (9pm Pacific Time)… they’ll run this along with others, in great new HD transfers….

Humpty Dumpty (Iwerks, 1935). I think this one is owed to the ending, or perhaps the Spooning in a Spoon song….

Niagara Fools (Lantz 1956). People always remember this gag with the ranger going over the falls in a barrel. Funny enough, someone has made a tribute here, with JUST those scenes!

Smile, Darn Ya, Smile (WB/ Harman/ Ising 1931): I think the cartoon people got the big kick hearing this song in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. I remember thinking back then that most people won’t even think about the original cartoon. Perhaps Fred Ladd cared TOO much about it though.. here’s an industrious person’s side by side comparison!

And the Hippo sound that was reversed- though not sure they’ve managed an accurate version…

So now, what are YOUR most asked?


  • Well since you asked…

    La Petite Parade (Paramount Modern Madcap, 1959) is one that many recall because of that refrain the lead character sings “Ra-ta-ta-tum, Army, Ra-ta-ta-tum, Navy, Ra-ta-ta-tum Department Sanitaire, Boom! Plop! Filthy! Disgusting!”

    I Love To Singa (Warner Bros. 1936) is unforgettable by those who grew up with it.

    I get many requests from people who recall the dog (Snuffles) from the Quick Draw McGraw cartoons – and VaVoom from the Oriolo Felix The Cat cartoons. “Savoir Faire is everywhere” seems to be a line recalled by many who do not remember anything else about the Total Television “Klondike Kat” cartoons it comes from.

    Those are the first ones that occur to me.

    • That’s me- Savoir Faire, and the rest is a blank.

  • Here’s one for me

    The Tiny Tree (DePatie-Freleng 1975). One of the many specials that DFE produced. Chuck Couch is listed as a creator, producer, and director, and it was produced as part of Bell Telephone Family Theater block on NBC. This is a Christmas special focusing on a disabled girl and her forest animal friends. It was never released officially on VHS and DVD, and I used to get inquiries about it A LOT.

    It had an impressive voice cast, including Buddy Ebsen (who narrated), Paul Winchell, Frank Welker, Lucille Bliss, Janet Waldo, and others. Johnny Marks was the composer, and Roberta Flack did a few songs here.

    Actually, I should write a post about this special soon, since December’s next month.

    • Please, please do. I never forgot the special since I had a beloved VHS (from my very early childhood) with it taped off of TV, but I’d love to know the history behind it, especially that fantastic music. What was a fascinating experience for me was finding The Tiny Tree again on YouTube. Terrible quality, but I discovered that my VHS tape had about 5 minutes of intro footage missing. That 5 minutes was crucial, because it wasn’t until then that I found out that the little girl was disabled in an accident (rather than being born disabled), which then made the ending make a lot more sense.

    • I was able to find “The Tiny Tree” on VHS through an inter-library loan about 4 or 5 years ago. It’s become one of our household’s annual Christmas viewing traditions. Would love to see an in-depth post next month!

    • Anything to get AT&T’s Archives Dept. to consider a restored release of this is fine in my book.

    • I guess that I can leave this one out of my planned profile of Christmas-themed TV Specials in my columns for next month.

    • I guess that I can leave this one out of my planned profile of Christmas-themed TV Specials in my columns for next month.

      Surprised you have more in the works to share!

  • I remember seeing “Niagara Fools” at a drive-in in the 60s; I was a mere tad.

    Not knowing about the traditional Niagara raincoats, my warped young mind deduced they were death-worshipping monks, cheering the seemingly suicidal ranger.

    Seriously. Whenever there was a “grownup” gag I didn’t get — gas ration stickers, etc. — I’d make a mental guess. Most were merely dumb, but the hooded figures by the falls actually worried me. Was that what the adult world was like?

    • Not knowing about the traditional Niagara raincoats, my warped young mind deduced they were death-worshipping monks, cheering the seemingly suicidal ranger.

      Damn. Never even considered that.

      Seriously. Whenever there was a “grownup” gag I didn’t get — gas ration stickers, etc. — I’d make a mental guess. Most were merely dumb, but the hooded figures by the falls actually worried me. Was that what the adult world was like?

      The adult world is filled of sardonic, postmodern wit!

  • I get asked occasionally about cartoons, but the descriptions are usually so vague that I have no idea.

    “There was a bird in it. And he laughed.”
    “Was it Woody Woodpecker?” I use Youtube to call up a WW clip.
    “No. Maybe it was a dog. No, a rabbit.”
    “Bugs Bunny?”
    “Who’s Bugs Bunny?” More Youtube.
    “No, that’s not it. I think it was in Paris.”
    “Do you mean the cartoon was set in Paris? Could it be Pepe Le Pew?”
    “No, I saw the movie in Paris. Who’s Pepe Le Pew?”

    And so on. Eight months later, it turns out what he was trying to identify was TO SIR WITH LOVE or maybe the Huntley-Brinkley Report.


    • A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

    • This is one of the better descriptions on record of what it’s like to field one of these questions,,,

  • When I was in 8th grade, I just about drove my parents nuts on my crusade to video tape all of Chuck Jones’ Road Runner and Coyote cartoons off of Cartoon Network, plus other old cartoons off of Nickelodeon and AMC (back in the day when AMC ran old paramount shorts and cartoons). So my mother made the comment to me and stated that the least I could do was to track down two cartoons she remembered watching on television as a child. The first cartoon she described was a cartoon in which a bunch of elves bottle sunshine while the second cartoon she recalled was a film where a bunch of children are making Japanese Lanterns which get blown away by the wind. Eventually I tracked down these two cartoons, which turned out to be “The Sunshine Makers” and “Japanese Lanterns”; I shared the information of both films with her and she was very surprised to hear that these were originally color cartoons, as she only saw them in black and white on television in the 1950s. This search is what introduced me to Ted Eshbaugh, and also began my passion and interest film preservation.

    • You were lucky. My mom often told me of how the first cartoons she saw on TV were all black & whites from the silent era, but never really pinpointed one I had to look for at all, aside from oten telling me how much she loved UPA’s Mr. Magoo and Gerald McBoing Boing.

    • Okay fan of Road Runner/ Coyote cartoons…what was the name of the RR cartoon where the Coyote shot off lots of propeller rockets into the sky and throughout the cartoon, they would fall and explode? I’m sincerely asking as thought that was really funny, at least then.

    • Stephen, that sounds like Lickety-Splat (1961), but I always referred to Wile E.’s projectiles as “dynamite darts”.

  • Wow, Jerry nailed all the most popular ones I could immediately think of. A few I also get asked about:

    Billy Boy (MGM, 1954) “the one with that cute billy goat that eats everything”

    Bunco Busters (Universal, 1955) the line: “If Woody had gone right to the police, this would never have happened”

    Sink Pink (DFE, 1965) “the one where Pink Panther actually talks”- he’s voiced by Paul Frees and says “Why can’t Man be more like Animal?” but Frees also voiced him in “Pink Ice” that same year

    • I believe the Pink Panther was voiced by Rich Little in those two shorts. Paul Frees voiced the big game hunter in “Sink Pink”. Both shorts are quite good 🙂

    • The PP WAS voiced by Rich Little in “SP” and “PI”.
      I’m an animated works credits freak.

  • A long time ago, before VCRs, I was talking to a woman who knew I “liked cartoons” and described to me her childhood favorite. The cartoon she described was Hugh Harmon’s “The Little Mole”. As she described it, I could see the cartoon had made a real emotional impact on her. Most people my age seem to remember things like Bosko taking the same bite out of the sandwich and chewing with his mouth open or Tex Avery stuff, so I was quite surprised and it kind of made me look at those more emotional cartoons that Tex Avery rebelled against with new respect. Whatever else I might think about them story-wise, the drawings and animation is really beautiful. If you look at the comments on YouTube you see a number of people saying how happy they are to have found them and how they are favorites, the way the woman I talked to so many years ago did. I have the Harmon-Ising Laserdisc, but it sure is a shame there is no DVD version.

    • A lot of Hugh Harman’s films during that time do tend to be very emotional and less funny than what was done elsewhere (besides Disney). We certainly see this in ones like “Peace on Earth”, “The Field Mouse” or “The Hungry Wolf”. I remember “The Little Mole” a lot too simply for it’s story, though the way it ends, I kept thinking the message being told was to “stay ignorant” anyway, if only due to the situation the little guy goes through to come to it’s conclusion (A earlier cartoon “Poor Little Me” also presents an interesting problem of inequality in it’s story of a skunk family that has to be content to live as they are, isolated from the rest.).

      If you look at the comments on YouTube you see a number of people saying how happy they are to have found them and how they are favorites, the way the woman I talked to so many years ago did. I have the Harmon-Ising Laserdisc, but it sure is a shame there is no DVD version.

      It really is, even as a Warner Archive release, it would be nice.

  • HALF BAKED ALASKA (Lantz-1965) Chilly Willy eating pancakes…

  • I get asked about Bimbo’s Initiation, usually from people who were very confused about that bit at the end where a still-doglike Betty Boop does a sexy dance. They then get even more confused once they see the whole thing.

    Fresh Hare seems to come up a lot too – “What’s that cartoon where Bugs Bunny sings ‘Camptown Races’ in blackface?”

    • I remember seeing “Fresh Hare” on TBS, WGN, and local stations in the late ’70s, and even then they’d cut out the blackface gag. (At least they left in the bit about Bugs’s “one wast wish”.) Granted, I did see “Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips” on a local station in the ’90s, so there probably were places showing the unedited version of “Fresh Hare” back then…

  • Inki and the Minah Bird (1943) … or really any of the Inki shorts by Chuck Jones. My mother loved the silent, hopping mynah bird and remembered it well from her childhood.

  • “Rabbit’s Kin”, the 1952 WB Bugs Bunny cartoon featuring Pete Puma. When I worked for the Festival of Animation in the early 90s, I got asked about that one a lot. People really remember that “one lump or two” gag.

  • Oh! One more: the Lauenstein Brothers’ “Balance” of 1989. Everybody remembers “that stop-motion film with the guys on the platform”, but nobody remembers the title or who made it.

    • I recall often getting similar questions concerning foreign/indie shorts people try to remember as well, sometimes I can guess it correctly, other times not. Often we see these things only once or twice in our lives yet one or two scenes continue to stay in our heads forever and it’s hard to come up with a title or who made it.

      I often think of the random shorts I use to see on Showtime/Movie Channel in the 80’s that left a similar impression on me, often times I would rediscover them again on home video releases in the 90’s or beyond and it all floods back.

      I can’t recall a list of my own or something related to it, but in terms of shorts of a more later era I often seen people question about, these might be the few more noted pieces over the years.

      Kick Me (Robert Swarthe, 1975)
      Sunbeam (Paul Vester/Speedy Cartoons, 1980)
      The Big Snit (Richard Condie/NFBC, 1985)
      The Cat Came Back (Cordell Barker/NFBC, 1988)
      Creature Comforts (Nick Park/Aardman, 1989) (both Cat Came Back and Creature Comforts were constant filler favorites on Nickelodeon in the early 90’s)

  • Two Tom and Jerry shorts I have found that everyone asks about are “the one with the mouse who sings Froggy Went A-Courtin” (Pecos Pest) and “the one with the crazy guy who keeps saying Dicky Moe!”.

  • I get asked about cartoons a lot, since I’m a cartoon expert.

    When I watch Paramount cartoons, I answer questions about other Paramount cartoons in the comments. On a well-known public domain Puppetoon, I was asked which cartoon had an overgrown duck, and I replied “Baby Huey”.

    Most of the time I get asked about Warner Bros. and Hanna-Barbera cartoons they forgot the name of…

    I get confused about which cartoons I’m seeing too, mainly ones I’ve seen from my childhood. I still can’t think of the Famous Popeye that had Popeye boxing, while my Grandma said to me, “Eating spinach makes you strong” while I was watching that cartoon because I remember the part where Popeye eats the spinach and the closing Paramount logo.

    For years I couldn’t think of the name of that movie program on that had the Paramount logo accompined by a intense piano piece and percussion at the end during the opening and bumpers. I thought it was “Paramount on UPN”, but it was actually “Paramount Teleplex”.

    There was also a “Schoolhouse Rock” song that took place at a football field from when I was little that looked new, it could have been a number of songs from over the years. It was the first time I glimpsed into that show.

  • Great topic, because I have a rare clip of a clip of a cartoon I need identified. I think it’s an Alice Comedy? It’s a clip of her, and this cat that looks exactly like Felix, and they’re on a wooden plank or pier, and they just keep walking and walking. It’s only a few seconds. Anyone know what this cartoon is? I tried asking at least one expert years ago but he didn’t know.

  • As a Harvey Comics historian, I’m always asked about “There’s Good Boos Tonight” (1948) starring Casper, mainly because this is the one where Ferdie the fox rises from the dead. For some reason, that really sticks in people’s minds. Unrelated, I’ve also been asked about “The Banana Splits” a lot and certain segments of TTV and Jay Ward cartoons.

    • Yes, that one always worried me when I saw the look of delight on Casper’s face when the now-dead fox could play with him. His next thought would have been “I’m going to make all the animals and children dead so they’ll be my friends forever!”

  • I had someone ask about a cartoon he remembered but couldn’t ID not long ago. Turned out to be an MGM Tex Avery (“Little Rural Riding Hood”). The Country Wolf’s, “Kissed a cow” line had stuck with him.

    Oh, and ID’ing a cartoon villain as Dishonest John from Beany and Cecil for someone. The cartoon (cartoons, actually) that he was specifically remembering were “Beany Flips His Lid” and “Beany Blows His Top.” (It was a two-part story. DJ lures Cecilia away from Cecil by disguising himself as a hunky sea serpent named ‘Sexy Rexy.’)

    • RE: “Kissed a cow”. This is a good example of how Tex Avery’s sense of humor was so different from his peers. Most cartoonists would have had the character react by being reviled and going “P-TOO, P-TOO, P-TOO!”.
      More creative types would have the COW go “P-TOO, P-TOO, P-TOO!” but Avery’s unique approach is the funniest and totally unexpected!

  • Well, obviously, I’m not the one asked about scenes in cartoons; I’m the one always asking others about cartoons over which I obsess, and there are a number of those. While the later MGM caricatured BOSKO redesign is not popular with mainstream audiences or even audiences at festivals, I grew to like the cartoons because they’d start out like the usual Harman/Ising musical cartoon, but they’d escalate to some of the wildest chaos I’d ever seen on film. “CIRCUS DAZE” contains scenes that replay in my head a lot. Another such title is a later BETTY BOOP cartoon called “MORE PEP”; I don’t know why but I liked the surreal use of under-cranking action in both these cartoons and others, especially from the Fleischer Studios because it just added to the hallucinogenic elements throughout the films. I also remember strange things like the time that ABC-TV ran a Van Buren cartoon about Robin Hood in reverse. Those were the days when all programs were still run on film, so there were times when those at the station were not paying attention and a film would break or was shown in reverse with images upside down, and no one would pick up the mistake until the end of the film!

    I tend to remember long lost TV commercials that used camera tricks or animation, like this Mazola ad I keep mentioning; I always wanted to hear the piece of music again that accompanied the undercranked images of a woman racing along on foot with a shopping cart, gathering up all the ingredients that can be found in that product.

  • Everybody’s nailed most of the ones I get asked about….especially the “…if Woody had gone straight to the police” Woody Woodpecker cartoon. I sometimes think every single person my age knows that line, even with no memory of the cartoon.

    One that I don’t think was mentioned yet is one which a lot of people seemed to have caught years ago and inevitably left a huge impression, but they don’t know the title…MGM’s “Peace on Earth”

  • I remember being terrified as a wee child with a cartoon I saw on TV (I’m almost positive it was a MGM Katzenjammer Kids cartoon) where a vacuum cleaner goes berserk and chases Momma throughout the house. I was only 4 or 5 so I could be wrong, and it was merely an early sign of my inevitable descent into cartoon madness.

    • An MGM Katzenjammer? Right on der nose… it’s Blue Monday, though the vacuum cleaner victim is really the Inspector.

      Hmm—anyone want to help me? For decades I’ve been trying to pin down a cartoon that, in my memory, has a sandwich-board guy outside a theatre enthusiastically shouting about the racy melodrama that’s playing inside. “Murder! Mayhem!… And a big bank account!”

      It would likely be a Terry or Famous short.

  • “On With the New” (Betty Boop, 1936) the one where the castor oil falls into the garbage can. I remember I first saw a colorized version of it in a television commercial. Took me five years to finally see the cartoon…

  • I’m surprised that no one’s brought up that the ranger in Niagara Fools later turned up as the voice on the tape in the TV version of Mission Impossible (THIS TAPE WILL SELF DESTRUCT IN FIVE SECONDS)…Bob Johnson,who also was featured singing later on in a Chilly Willy toon!

    • So that was who Bob Johnson was! On the Mission Impossible announcement before the opening titles!

  • “I wanna be a sailor” its the short with peter parrot and an annoying duck. the best scene is the father drunk at the table.

  • “Rabbit Seasoning”, “Duck Rabbit Duck” and “Rabbit Fire.” Everyone wants to know about the cartoon with Bugs, Daffy and Elmer where Daffy gets his bill blown off, not realizing it’s three different cartoons.

  • OK- here’s one I have never been able to suss out: A 1930s cartoon set on a showboat or theater where a hippo sitting in the audience repeatedly sneaks back to the refreshment stand and drinks from a large keg labeled “ROOT BEER.” Saw it more than once on early morning NYC cartoon shows in the mid-1960s. Does it exist?

  • I remember one about a bear, that a factory grows up around and he becomes a regular miserable person working there. I think is was Chuck Jones, but I’m not sure. I’ve only seen it once or twice when I was younger.

  • I’ve known a couple of people quote Hubie and Bertie “Yeah, yeah, sure, sure” and then wondering “what’s that from?”. When I explained, neither really remembered the characters, but the quote and accent had stuck. Similarly once someone did something stupid where I work, prompting someone else to say in a dumb voice “Duh, which way did he go George, which way did go?”, but stumping himself and everyone but me on recalling where it came from.

    I have one 30’s black and white cartoon I recall seeing as a kid in the early hours on The Children’s Channel in the UK which even the experts on the Golden Age Cartoon forum couldn’t help me with. The scene I remember involved a house party that gets so wild even the objects start to dance. A pot bellied stove gets in the action and dances with a tall character (either a human or humanised animal) who falls through the door of the stove and emerges from the pipe, still doing the same dance, but as a silhouette of burnt ashes.

    • “Which way did he go, George” started out as a parody of Lon Chaney Jr.’s character in “Of Mice and Men.” It was used for several different Loony Tunes characters and in a few MGMs, I think. Usually it was a big dumb character in pursuit of Bugs Bunny or another smart critter. At least once Bugs did the voice and line after a conk on the head.

    • the party cartoon sounds like Betty Boop And Grampy

  • The phase “Look fellows, I’m dancin’, I’m dancin!” is in several cartoons. Does anyone know where it originated from?

    • I believe that’s a line from the play DEAD END. Seeing how well the DEAD END Kids caught on, it’s not surprising that line also caught on as a catchphrase.

  • A friend of mind is convinced that he had once seen a Fleischer Popeye cartoon that featured the character Mister Geezil ( a semi-regular character in the THIMBLE THEATER comic-strip), that was taken out of distribution for being “anti-Semitic.”

    I think Geezil may have appeared in one or more of the King Features Popeye cartoons, but I can’t recall right now. Anybody know?

    • Geezil appeared in the Fleischer shorts A CLEAN-SHAVEN MAN and OLIVE’S BOITHDAY PRESINK. He’s also in the King Features short WIMPY THE MOOCHER. His voice is a pretty standard Russian brogue without much specifically “Jewish” about it (in the KF cartoon, he sounds a little like Boris Badenov).

    • A Clean Shaven Man (Fleischer, 1935)

    • One of the “Popeye’s Treasure Hunt” segments from Hanna-Barbera’s All New Popeye Hour, “The Sword of Fitzwilly” had as the villain “The Grand Geezil”, a wizard who was an ancestor of George W. Geezil, who attempted to impersonate this ancestor and ended up shrunken and imprisoned in a birdcage.

  • I love you people.

  • I’m always searching for a cartoon featuring a party, a raucous house party, that is so wild that the walls of the house are bowing out and the roof is flying on and off. I know I’ve seen it, but WHERE?!

  • I’ve been looking for a cartoon with a young alley cat who does a kooky little dance. He puts his index finger atop his head, puts his other hand on his hip, sticks out his tongue, and slowly spins while moving his hips back and forth. I think it might be from a Tom and Jerry, but I just can’t find it.

  • A 1930s cartoon where it’s night, and there’s wallpaper in a room, and figures on the wallpaper (I’m picturing Humpty Dumptys) are moving, bending their legs and moving up and down. This went on for a long sequence. Which was that?

    • Sounds like a mid-30s “things coming to life” Merry Melodies cartoon, doesn’t it?

    • No, not one of those. It was too spooky, and I don’t remember any songs in it. It might have been a Scrappy, or maybe some Mintz or Lantz cartoon without a star character – I saw a lot of those on TV at a very young age. I think it was one where a kid falls asleep and has a bad dream, and the moving Humpty Dumptys were part of the nightmarish atmosphere.

      (They were strictly part of the background; other stuff was happening in front. I often wonder how the camera guys who shoot this stuff, where you have some action cycling, maybe raindrops or running water, through a long scene, and you have something else moving in the foreground, and you have to be careful to keep the cels in order and don’t get confused and don’t let your greasy mitts get them all smudged – how they keep from going nuts.)

  • I recall Jerry mentioning on one of the DVD commentaries from Cultoons vol.3, that another cartoon that he was always asked about was Tex Avery’s “Symphony in Slang” (1951).

    • But Jerry didn’t answer…I guess the cat got his tongue…

  • The one I always remembered and couldn’t name turns out to be the animated racing stripes in Dad, can I borrow the car? Hadda seen that a few times back in the 70’s, but itd dropprd off the planet. Found it in you tube recently, quite a funny Disney show. Narrated by Kurt Russell, too!

  • I’ve got one that’s been driving me crackers for a while. If anyone’s looking for a challenge, this just might be one. 😉

    This was a black and white cartoon (or at least I remember it being black and white…), probably from the 1930s at a guess, that appeared on a cartoon compilation VHS tape that was released in the UK in the late 1980s or early 1990s (and which also featured several much more famous shorts, including Puss Gets the Boot – I remember this purely because the mix of famous and not-so-famous cartoons was striking to me at the time). It was what I would now describe as quite Fleischer-esque, but I don’t know for sure that it actually was a Fleischer short.

    All I can remember is that the protagonist was some sort of humanoid animal (I think maybe a dog-like creature) who was somewhat in the style of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit or Mickey Mouse, and there was a Frankenstein’s Monster-style creation after him for reasons that I can’t remember. At one point, the monster chases the protagonist to what I recall as being the roof of a building or possibly a narrow ledge at the top of a building, at which point he corners him, and slowly approaches, to the beat of some strange music, that ends each refrain with a really long note that accompanied a bizarre view of the monster’s legs seeming to stretch out really far as it walked towards the hero. Its knees didn’t bend, as I recall, but rather its legs remained straight at all times, giving it a strange-looking (and again Frankenstein’s Monster-styled) walk.

    Rarely are text descriptions of music helpful, but the best way I can describe the tune accompanying that scene is sounding like “Dum-duh-dum, dum-duh-dum, dum-duh-dum-duh-dum-duh-dum – BLUUUUU WAH!”. It’s the only other strong memory I have of it!

    I would really love to know what this cartoon was called, if anybody knows, please. I’ve even asked folks who watched it with me back in those days, and whilst we can all remember the short, or at least the part of it that I’ve described, not one of us can remember the name, or which characters it starred!

    • Oh wow, pardon me, scratch that. I’ve now found it (I didn’t think it would work, but I put some keywords into a search engine, and actually found it!), though I had misremembered a few details over time. It seems that, unless this monster appears in another cartoon using the same music to announce its presence, it was actually the Betty Boop short, Betty Boop’s Penthouse.

      I guess that Bimbo’s experiments and the monster itself made more of an impact on me than anything else in the short did!

      Of course, if the same monster appears in any other shorts, I’d still love to know. 😀

  • @ Top Cat James….”Lickety Splat” was the cartoon that I have looking for. Thanks a lot.

  • Does stop motion count? When I was very young (this was back in the 60s) I saw a show on TV that freaked me out. A girl takes her doll to the park and then goes home without her. The story was told in installments; over the next several days, the doll (in stop motion) attempts to get home. When she finally reaches the house, she finds another doll in her crib–she not only was abandoned, but replaced! When I saw “Toy Story 3,” I said “That’s the same story!” Does anyone else remember this?

  • One that sticks in my memory from my childhood when our local station ran very old cartoons, was a scene where a villain points a gun at the hero and says, “Stick ’em up!” The hero does, and his pants fall down to his ankles. This prompts the villain to say, “Pick ’em up!” The hero does so, and the villain says, “Stock ’em up!” again, and again the pants fall down! The gag is repeated a THIRD time! I get the feeling that the source of the gag shouldn’t be too hard to identify. Would someone please tell me the title, series, year, etc.? Thank you! :-)!

  • My wife used to go on and on about seeing “I Gotta Singa” on TV when she was a girl. So, of course, I was hailed as a hero when I brought home the Golden Classics Volume 2 and her favorite cartoon was there! I underwent the same hero treatment when I purchased Volume 6 and “Horton Hatches the Egg” was on it.

  • The cartoon that freaked out when I was a kid was Iwerks’ PINCUSHION MAN IN BALLOONLAND. Iwerks’ rubbery look and the viciousness of that Scottish safety pin had me cowering! I was happy (or maybe: cured) to run into it at one of the Thalia Cartoon fests in the 80s.

  • My husband’s looking for a veriation of the which way did he go george done by bears and I remember Dinomite being in the cartoon it’s not junior and George iv asked any hints would be apriciate … I’ll look into any leads thank you

  • One i’ve been looking for: a vacuum cleaner chases two…dogs?…synchronized to Franz Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody no.2”

    It may involve a Scottish castle and/or a thunderstorm.

  • Unfortunately, nope. The toon i’m after has a vacuum cleaner and Hungarian Rhapsody, that i am certain.

  • I’m looking for a cartoon I saw in the 1960s as a child. All I remember about it is the following: there was a lot of intricate detail, and everything was drawn beautifully. I think the theme had something to do with ushering in winter, but I’m not sure. I remember there being at least one clock on a wall. I think a cuckoo clock. All I remember regarding a song in the cartoon is “and blow-oh-oh. and blow-oh-oh.” I also think there were a bunch of small animals running about, but I’m not sure. I realize this is vague, but I’m hoping it rings a bell with someone.

    • Soon after I posted this, I found the cartoon I was looking for, once I realized that the theme had to do with ushering in spring, not winter. The cartoon is called “To Spring,” produced by Harman & Isling. I think I was confusing two different cartoons in my head. “To Spring” doesn’t have a regular clock, just one showing the four seasons, and there are no animals scurrying about underground. So, now I’ll have to rack my brain trying to remember details of the second cartoon. I hope this helps anyone who, like me, was searching for “To Spring.” Here’s a link to an article in the Paris Review about “To Spring”:

  • Hey guys im looking for a Christmas cartoon where two kids try and buy thier mom a thimble for Christmas. Thier father died in the war and the mother sells dolls.

  • Back in the early 1950’s we would watch old cartoons on TV prior to walking to school. One was about a skunk with no friends (because of his smell, no doubt) who was holding a party at his house. When all the guests had arrived, they kicked him out and partied without him. Still, he looked through the windows and enjoyed the party from the outside looking in. (Pour guy!) At the same time it was raining heavily and a nearby dam broke, causing water to rush down into the valley where his house was. As the flood waters approached his home, the skunk created such a stink that the flood water couldn’t even tolerate it and thus receded. I remember the big wave flood whistling a type of wolf whistle with it’s giant “O” mouth because the stench was so bad. The skunk was then hailed as a hero by his friends and invited into his own party(!). Do you remember the cartoon title and where i might find it?

  • how can i view the w.b. cartoon in which bugs’s ski tracks have gone’round a tree so that the rest of him must’ve skied thru it?

  • There’s a cartoon that is like clue and there’s a dog detective that shows up and says no one leaves and it looks like an audience member starts to and he breaks a club on his head. Another scene he wants the murder weapon on the table and he turns the lights off and on then there’s a stack of weapons. I would like to know the name of this one Please. I would really appreciate it.

    • Will, that cartoon is WHO KILLED WHO? – a Tex Avery MGM cartoon that was just released restored on blu-ray.

      Watch the un-restored version here:

  • Jerry et. al.

    Trying to find a 1930’s carton. Not Disney. A poor young boy, comical, poorly dressed goes through fighting, then led through a series of magical pots or pools in a river and emerges transformed. Perhaps to win a princess?
    Any thoughts welcome. This one has bugged me for decades.

  • Hello….
    In about late 2008-early 2009 I went to a girl classmate’s 5th birthday party and before everyone ate the cake, the girl’s teenage neighbour showed everyone a B&W cartoon on his 16mm projector, (everyone thought he was a nut job)
    It was about some anthropomorphic animal/kid (i don’t remember what creature it was) hosting a dog show in his house. There was a cat that tried to get in but the boy threw him out and pointed to the “no cats allowed” sign. Then the cat found a dog costume and used it to get in the boy’s house. There were some dogs doing some acts, but I don’t remember what they were. After that, the cat climbed a ladder and walked on a tightrope…but he got scared when he reached the middle, so a bee stang him in the rear and he fell off the tightrope. Then everyone cheered and the cat took a bow. There was a machine that expelled some dog bones and the cat took them. But then the cat tripped and his costume fell out, then all the disqualified dogs got angry and chased him around the house and eventually into the machine which blew up the house and the cat was victorious.

    I just NEED to know the name of the cartoon! and what studio made it, what country it was made in, etc.

  • Anyone remember the MGM cartoon where the hillbilly keeps drawing up elaborate plans to sneak back into his house without his wife finding out. Things like, “Pole vault house, drop down chimney… ma will never know.”

    It’s KILLING ME that I can’t come up with the title.

  • Ok my brother and I are trying to figure out a set of shorts. There is a story of a young child who is sent to their room and the drawings come alive. Story of a grumpy man similar to Mr Magoo and I think I recall a story about the circus. I can hear the theme playing in my head but I can not remember the name. It’s a trumpet and bass drum starts out “bom bom bom bom bom, ya ya ya”. I believe it was late 70s early 80s but that may have been when he and I were exposed.

    • The one about a young child who is sent to their room and the drawings come alive, might be the UPA cartoon “The Family Circus”. Check it out here:

    • Yes yes yes that’s it. Thank you so much Mr Beck! It was Columbia Pictures Cartoon Classics Volume 6. 🤗

  • This one is killing my neighbour, in approximately 1998 in New Brunswick Canada….. when she was 7, they showed some 8mm cartoons at a birthday party. One was about some dog-like creatures who were operating a grocery store and they got a call for an order of a lamb chops. one of them went to the refrigerator…

    But it was empty so he went outside and saw a sheep frolicking in a field. the dog grabbed the sheep and ran for his life while being pursued by a much bigger sheep. he tried to lock the door but it crashed through the door!! then the dog played “toreador” with the sheep and it crashed into some cans and got a bump on its head, but eventually both the sheep got away…

    and the last thing she remembers is the dogs throwing fruit at the chicken who called for the order


  • Ok.. I’ve been trying to identify this cartoon that has a classical music symphony running in the background. At one point there are two white ( or maybe pale yellow?) ducks doing synchronized ballet steps to the music in what appear to be pink tutus. There is also a black-footed red fox watching the ducks hungrily from behind some bushes while they are approaching his hiding spot. As they are passing by, he grabs one of them, yanks her behind the bush (quite literally this duck was “ambushed” ) and the viewer only sees the bush shaking about, losing a few leaves, as we are left to presume the fox ate the duck after a short struggle. The fox then jumps out from behind the bush wearing that duck’s tutu and takes up the synchronized ballet/dance steps with the other duck, looking to disguise his intentions of eating her too. This duck is onto his scheme though and starts taunting, smiling, and snapping her “duck teeth” at him a couple times, all while running away from him as the chase is on! This is the scene I remember most, although the cartoon continues onto other scenes with the symphonic music piece playing throughout.. I thought this may possibly have been a Walter Lantz, Tex Avery, or Merrie Melodies production? I welcome anyone’s knowledgable input on that or even a title. Thanks!

    • That sounds like the Andy Panda cartoon “The Poet and Peasant”. Released Monday 18 March 1946.

  • Hello! So happy to have found you – googling and YouTube searches just haven’t done it.

    Looking for an early maybe MGM cartoon where these rich people (mice maybe?) get either audited from the tax man or for whatever reason, they quickly switch their rich, lavishly decorated house into a shabby poor house by flipping over artwork and furniture.

    My husband thinks it’s a take of a Honeymooners episode where they do something similar.

    This has been in my head for years! Anyone?

  • Hi everyone, so i will be extremely happy if you help me found two early cartoons i had back in the day on vhs.
    i search all the internet with no results, all i can remembrer is that the first one was a short cartoon in Van Beauren / Fleischer studios style that talk about dentistry, it shows a little guardian who lives in a mouth in a castle and he is talking about the importance of oral hygiene while singing, they showed him in a war with carries and cavities ect .. i think the cartoon had some real actors scenes where we see a dentist cabinet … it was in black and white.

    The second one was in the same vhs but all i can remembrer is a scary old man who love money, especially a scene when he rub a coin so hard with his thumb the eagle on that coin get out from it and fly.

    I will be more than happy to find those. Thanks in advance ! (And sorry for my bad english)

  • Hoping to utilize the expertise present in this thread — I just came across a cartoon posted by @bittycar on Instagram last night (it can be found just after the post featuring an illustration of a white rabbit). I’ve searched all over the net and keep coming up empty-handed. It shows a little white rabbit with a red sweater sailing on a pond in a turtle shell boat that floats up into the stars and around an anthropomorphic moon. The bunny then jumps up a staircase of stars into (what I assume is) a lush dreamworld…It looks like ’30s Fleischer or Lantz or something of the sort, with a heavy Silly Symphonies influence (think ‘Funny Little Bunnies’ meets ‘Wynken, Blynken and Nod’)

  • MARK – The cartoon you describe is a 1952 Terrytoon called SEASIDE ADVENTURE. Here’s a link to it:

  • Jerry — Thank you for the quick reply! 1952 –wow, I was only a few decades off! (Though, in my defense, it really does have that ‘1930s’ feel, wouldn’t you agree?)
    Thanks again! 🙂

  • Who was the cartoon duck that swallowed a whistle and he whistled when he spoke?

    • You might be thinking of Tex Avery’s MGM cartoon BAD LUCK BLACKIE… or Hanna Barbera’s Yakky Doodle. Google those.

      • (You’re FAST!) I did find the one Yakky Doodle ‘Whistle Stop and Go’ and he swallowed a whistle but he only whistled once and he never did talk so that he whistled with each word. I’m stymied. Thanks for you ideas.

  • OK, I’ve got one. I saw a Christmas-themed dark comedy animated short once in an art/repertory movie theater in Cincinnati, it would have been some time between 1985 and 1989, don’t remember the title or any of the credits but I vividly remember the situation and the two spoken lines of dialogue (I think there were just the two). The set-up was that Santa Claus was getting ready to make his annual Christmas delivery, only to discover that the elves have finally had it with him and are in violent revolt. The first line I remember is from an elf confronting Santa – “You die, fat boy!” The second comes after Santa flees to the reindeer stables to make his getaway, only to find them empty except for an elf who offers Santa a plate of meat and says menacingly, “Care for some venison?”

    I remember little about the animation style, except that it could have been a Hollywood cartoon of the 1950’s or 1960’s, or (more likely in my opinion) some later animators working in that style. Pretty sure it didn’t have noticeable stylization like UPA abstraction or South Park cutouts.

    Anyway, I’ve been on the hunt for this for years without success. If anyone has any idea what this might be and where it might be found, I would be most grateful.

  • Seeking help in finding an old cartoon movie/short. from the 1920-60s? It was in color, and I used to watch in the 90s at my grandparents’ house.

    The only things I remember are that it was in color, there were animals, they might have been traveling somewhere, there may have been a snake with the group of animals, and there was a yellow/off-white-ish road that was chasing the animals and building itself over them. Any help is appreciated. Thank you!

  • Trying to help someone in a ‘Weird tv from the 80s and 90s’ group I’m in:

    “I’ve searched all over and now starting to think I imagined it but here goes. I remember a cartoon series that I loved. There was a girl with long skinny legs on roller skates, a round blue creature with bulbous eyes and a spiky green reptile. They were in a forest of trees where pots and pans grew. I remember there being other characters too that I’ve sadly forgotten. I remember making little models of them. It’s been driving me mad for years and I’ve done all kinds of searches to no avail. I’ve never found it on a YouTube video although I wish I could…… I hope someone else remembers it.”

  • Okay everyone need help figuring out a older cartoon maybe a short maybe a movie can’t remember just remember watching it as a kid remember very small amount of details.
    Remember a professor like character with an accent standing in front of like a white board/chalkboard type thing and he would draw stuff at one point had a profile of that character head looking at like what was going on his his mind. Also think at one point you saw the story literally through his eyes.
    For some reason I also associate a chicken little character with this movie(was chicken little just in the same vhs? Not sure)
    Also feel like it went back and forth between different type of characters and story lines like a let’s check back in and see how this character is doing

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