Skip to comments.The Woods are full of Cuckoos
Posted on 05/16/2014 9:19:56 AM PDT by Friendofgeorge
Wonderful 1937 classic cartoon parody in color
W.C. Field-mouse, Dick Fowl, Deanna Terrapin, Bing Crowsby, and the high-note competing duo of Grace Moose and Lily Swans. Tizzie Fish has a cooking segment. Finally, Louella Possums introduces a company performing a scene from The Prodigal’s Return.
A program for radio KUKU set in the woods, mostly starring birds as caricatures of celebrities of the day. The MC is bandleader Ben Birdie, heckled by Walter Finchell. Wendell Howell prepares to lead a singalong; he gives several different page numbers in the songbook, then says, “Never mind, we won’t use the books.” The audience, responding “Oh yes we will” pelts him. Billy Goat and Ernie Bear introduce and sing the title song. Everyone sings along, except a fox, who informed he’s singing the wrong song, responds, “Why don’t somebody tell me these things?” We pan across a series of celebrity guests, like W.C. Field-mouse, Dick Fowl, Deanna Terrapin, Bing Crowsby, and the high-note competing duo of Grace Moose and Lily Swans. Tizzie Fish has a cooking segment. Finally, Louella Possums introduces a company performing a scene from The Prodigal’s Return.
At the time, the movie house audience’s would have known all the caricatures.
I only knew half at most.
Walter Winchell, Louella Parsons, Martha Raye, Fats Waller etc...
But who was Ben Birdie and others?
This might help.
Glad you enjoyed it! I did very much and wanted to share it. Bing Crosby and Deanna Durbin were 2 of my favorites, they dont make cartoons like that anymore unfortunately.
Yes thanks to Kirkwood for adding the extra details, I rarely post a thread, but hoped others would also enjoy it :)
Imagine Deanna Durbin is one real name.
You Tube her singing...amazing voice.
Ave Maria has never been done better.imho
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