Monday, 1 May 2017

Rubber Hose Ostrich

The Ub Iwerks cartoon Jungle Jitters (1934) is, I presume, set in Africa, even though the girl in the short looks like a South Seas islander and does the hula to Willie Whopper’s ukulele accompaniment.

An ostrich (native to Africa and not the South Seas, I believe) shows up in one scene to dance to the hula music. Apparently, the bird is naked as (s)he covers up in embarrassment. Twice. Just in case we didn’t get the gag the first time.

We’re still into the rubber hose phase of animation here.

Bob Stokes and Norm Blackburn are the credited animators. Carl Stalling wrote the score.

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