Friday, 22 October 2021

Krazy For Hawaii

It’s not George Herriman’s Krazy Kat in Honolulu Wiles, a 1930 Columbia cartoon, but it’s a fun cartoon.

Not much was expected in a 1930 cartoon. Lots of music. Singing. Dancing. And if odd gags could be stuffed in, all the better.

This cartoon opens with Krazy happily playing mice’s tails like a Hawaiian guitar while palm trees sway. There’s even the moon reflecting in the tide. Pretty good stuff for 1930.

Everything’s a musical instrument back then. In this scene, Krazy plays the bamboo of a house like a marimba, then lies down and blows into the reeds. His girl friend emerges from a window and sings “Boop-oop-a-doop!”

Maybe the most outrageous scene is Krazy playing the nose rings of the natives like bells, as they click their teeth like castanets.

Ben Harrison and Manny Gould are credited on this short, along with musical director Joe De Nat.

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