"Wild Wild World" (1960) Breakdown Thread

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"Wild Wild World" (1960) Breakdown Thread

Postby Sean Gaffney » Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:12 pm

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Directed by: Robert McKimson
Story: Tedd Pierce
Animation: George Grandpre', Ted Bonnicksen, Warren Batchelder, Tom Ray
Layouts: Robert Gribbroek
Backgrounds: William Butler
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voice Characterization: Mel Blanc; Daws Butler (uncredited)
Music: Milt Franklyn

Series: Merrie Melodies
Release Date: February 27, 1960
Production Number: 1528
MPAA Number: 19260

Synopsis: A silhouetted narrator tells us about an amazing discovery: a film depicting the lives of prehistoric Earth. Spot gags follow, featuring cavemen and dinosaurs in various comedic situations. Highlights include a running gag of three cavemen trying to attack huge dinosaurs for their meal, only to fail miserably; the discovery of fire leading to the first hotfoot; a caveman husband using a boomerang to retrieve his errant wife (his punishment does not go as well); and a multi-level ancient shopping plaza complete with primitive elevator... very primitive. As the cartoon ends, we see that the silhouette is 'Cave Darroway', who wishes us farewell and gets into his own, more modern elevator. Well... slightly more modern.

Video Availability:
Looney Tunes Golden Collection, Vol. 6 DVD - Disc 4 (Bonus Cartoon) (WHV; 2008)

Music Used:
Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals (Raymond Scott). circa 1937.
Hooray for Hollywood (Richard Whiting), from Hollywood Hotel (1937).

Trivia:
The title of the cartoon is a parody of the NBC documentary series Wide Wide World, which ran on Sunday Afternoons from 1955-1958.

Cave Darroway is a parody of Dave Garroway, who did host Wide Wide World but was probably better known as the first host of NBC's Today show from 1952 to 1961.

Some sources cite this cartoon as an inspiration for The Flintstones, something that I take with a large grain of salt.
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Postby Sean Gaffney » Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:13 pm

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Postby Matt the Y » Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:52 pm

I do find it interesting that this cartoon came out the same year The Flintstones debuted and obviously has a very similar concept and even similar gags but I don't think it directly inspired the series outright (now The Honeymooners, on the other hand.... ).

This is one of McKimson's better spot-gag/television take-off cartoons from this late-era of his. Some of the gags work well and are funnier than those found in other cartoons of his during this time. It's still rather pedestrian at best, though, even though I'd easily watch this one over, say, "The Dixie Fryer" or "Hoppy Daze".

It's also noteworthy as probably the only cartoon ever to do a caricature/parody of Dave Garroway.

Also, did you notice Mel Blanc doesn't do any "voices" per se in this cartoon, rather just the "erts", grunts, and groans of all the various cavemen?

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Postby Glowworm » Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:47 pm

I believe that the ending with the sign refering to the elevator being "Good to the last drop" is a reference to the Maxwell House slogan.
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Postby Paulie J. Waddle » Sun Aug 14, 2011 7:38 pm

The "Cro-Magnon-Scope" gag wass also used in "Pre-Hysterical Hare."
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Postby The Crazy HR » Mon Aug 15, 2011 3:26 am

Paulie J. Waddle wrote:The "Cro-Magnon-Scope" gag would be used once more in "Pre-Hysterical Hare."

PHH was released a year and a half earlier, in 1958.


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