Sunday, July 6, 2008

"Honeymoon Hotel" (1934)

Here's a really rare and unusual cartoon. "Honeymoon Hotel" was the first Warner Bros. cartoon ever released in color (using the primitive 2-color process). Earl Duvall, a short-lived director we have mentioned before, directed this cartoon about cute little insects to the tune of a song heard in...I dunno, at least 50 Warner cartoons! But don't let the cute characters and happy little tune fool you, this short is actually pretty naughty, especially for 1934! A newlywed bug couple shack up in the Honeymoon Hotel, but it seems everybody from the maids to the moon are determined to deny them privacy! It's sex, bugs, but sorry, a sticky sweet chorus will have to provide the rock n' roll!

3 comments:

Jill Santi said...

Stupid and nosey Bugs: Let that poor couple free to live their sexual life!!

(sorry the strong word but I needed to write it! that's an high-value cartoon!)

ramapith said...

That was *never* part of the pre-48 package where I was growing up... for obvious reasons, I guess.
Earl Duvall came to Warners from Disney, where he had originated Bucky Bug. Now it seems he was leaping at the chance to rip himself off...

Anonymous said...

Was never part of the pre-1948 package where I grew up, either: "beauty and the beast" was the first WB film in the package here where I live.

-Penny Pingleton

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