Monday, 17 June 2013

Questions about Book Revue

Bob Clampett’s “Book Revue” screams along at such a pace that you don’t have time to ask yourself questions. Such as:

Who are these people? Yes, that’s Daffy Duck as a quasi Danny Kaye and Little Red Riding Hood. But who’s the second Daffy with the witch hat in the background? The other two background characters kind of appeared in the short. There’s the Durante caricature, but now he has hair. And there’s one of the Frankie-loving bobby-soxers, except now she has breasts.

And what are those little things that are dancing around Daffy and Red? Where did they come from? And why is there a cut in the visuals (but not in the soundtrack) and they’re suddenly gone? Well, I guess we’ll never know. But the cartoon is a lot of fun. Animators who got credits are Bob McKimson, Rod Scribner, Manny Gould and Scribner’s ex-assistant, Bill Melendez.


  1. By the time we get to 1944, continuous action took precedent over scene-to-scene continuity in the Clampett shorts. Which still works fine, because it's both well-animated and funny. Take either or those two away, and the inconsistencies/questions take precedent over the enjoyment, and you're left with something like a bad Ralph Bakshi 1960s Terrytoon.

  2. It's interesting to notice, even though it doesn't spoil the enjoyment.

  3. I mentioned the "second Daffy" to my sister today, and she said that it was probably meant to be Mother Goose (or her hatchling) from earlier in the cartoon but was accidentally painted black.