Friday, May 13, 2011
1943 Number: 051
Title: Greetings Bait
Studio: Warner Bros.
Series: Merrie Melodies (on a Blue Ribbon rerelease)
Running time (of viewed version): 6:55
Commercial DVD Availability: Action In the North Atlantic DVD (Humphrey Bogart: The Signature Collection, Vol. 2)
Synopsis: Man's worm goes deep, ends up with a crab issue.
Comments: Man hands. On a man; to be fair, the worm also has fairly manny hands for a worm. And an ethnicity in voice and facial hair. Throwback to Goofy and Wilbur, amongst other worm's eye view cartoons (including the 1939 Scrappy cartoon "Worm's Eye View"). There's a dopey fish that looks alot like Lantz's Sugarfoot. The worm adds insult to injury. Worm in mermaid drag. Crab eyes on stalks are exotic for cartoons. The shot with the two different eye views is a cool idea. Water FX overlays frequently. I'm fairly sure the man is a specific caricature, along with the "Ah yes" tagline. Background item behind mermaid worm looks like a breast.