Monday, 7 August 2017

Dancing Stove

Ho hum. Another Harman-Ising character does the slide-step dance. The same squealing female voice says “You hoo” and “Ain’t he cute?” As usual, there are cuspidors for humour. Once again, there’s a lot of dancing and instrument playing with no gags. Oh, and there’s a villain harassing the girl in the final half of the cartoon vanquished by the good guys who join together and then shake hands as the iris closes.

What’s different about Moonlight For Two (1932) is that the hero is a stove that’s come to life, inspired by Joe Burke and Irving Kahal’s title song (all the rest of the music, other than the theme, is public domain).

Mr. Stove needs a little nourishment before carrying on with his dance. Nice finger snap, Stovie.

Hey, Harman-Ising writers! Don’t forget the Black Bottom that you over-use in cartoons.

The stove isn’t finished yet. He returns later in the cartoon to dance with Goopy Geer who helps him, uh, drop stuff out of his bottom.

Uh, oh. The bad guy is after Goopy. Quick, Harman-Ising writers, dredge up your usual butt-pain joke. (This actually happens twice because that makes it twice as funny).

Goopy turns the stove into a fiery machine gun that sends the villain running toward the moon in the distance to Frank Marsales’ peppy score.

So long, folks! New cartoon, same jokes next month.

Friz Freleng and Larry Martin are the credited animators.


  1. Rudy Ising must have loved the 'jump rope tails' gag with the square dancing donkeys in this one, since the gag was colorized and re-used in their second MGM release, "The Old Pioneer".

  2. Harman and Ising don't appear to have shied away from reusing a lot of things; 'The Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives' features re-used animation.
    As people back then may have seen a cartoon only once, if that, re-using drawings every few years wouldn't have been a big deal, especially since there's a sameness to the H-I cartoons anyway.