"Ups 'N Downs" (1931) Breakdown Thread

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"Ups 'N Downs" (1931) Breakdown Thread

Postby Jon Cooke » Fri Jul 08, 2011 1:59 pm

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Drawn by Rollin Hamilton & Paul Smith
Musical Score by Frank Marsales

Release Date: March, 1931 (approximate)

Series: Looney Tunes

Synopsis: Bosko is a hot dog vendor at the race track (with a duo of dancing wieners). He sneaks off to enter his mechanical horse into the big race. Bosko's faux horse, despite a rough start, outruns the real ones. A dastardly opponent tosses a grenade at Bosko, which does not phase Bosko and his horse one bit. After being declared the winner, Bosko's horse ejects him and the cartoon ends with our hero looking a little dazed.

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Postby Leviathan » Fri Jul 08, 2011 2:15 pm

This is the infamous cartoon where Radio and TV Packages improvised a completely new (and inept) ending for it when the redrew it and other Boskos in the 70's. It must be seen to be believed.
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Postby The Crazy HR » Fri Jul 08, 2011 2:18 pm

Colorized by Radio and Television Packagers, Inc. as "Off to the Races" with a really bizzare ending completely different from the original cartoon. Uploaded by Lee Glover.
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x74jza_ups-n-downs-redrawn_fun

EDIT: Leviathan was faster.

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Postby David Gerstein » Fri Jul 08, 2011 2:28 pm

The mechanical horse is based closely on one from Disney's OZZIE OF THE MOUNTED (1928), on which Harman and Ising worked; a similar mechanical horse would also appear in Harman-Ising's THE OLD PLANTATION (1935) at MGM; a few gags are the same in all three films. Notably, the horse is never a sentient creature (...though at least one UPS 'N' DOWNS lobby card portrays it as such), just a mindless, galloping drone.

The title "Off to the Races" was originated by the 1950s TV distributor Astra.

The new ending created for Radio and Television Packagers' 1973 package seems to have come about because their source print cut off when the villain threw his grenade at Bosko's horse.
The replacement footage has the grenade blast destroying Bosko's horse—but throwing Bosko onto the villain's horse, dismounting the villain in the process. The villain's horse, still too dazed by the blast to know who's who, puts on a burst of speed and carries Bosko over the finish line.

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More:
http://www.cartoonresearch.com/gerstein/ups-and-downs-redraw-02.jpg
http://www.cartoonresearch.com/gerstein/ups-and-downs-redraw-03.jpg
http://www.cartoonresearch.com/gerstein/ups-and-downs-redraw-04.jpg
http://www.cartoonresearch.com/gerstein/ups-and-downs-redraw-05.jpg
http://www.cartoonresearch.com/gerstein/ups-and-downs-redraw-06.jpg
http://www.cartoonresearch.com/gerstein/ups-and-downs-redraw-07.jpg

[Edit: Leviathan and Crazy HR beat me to some of the background info while I was busy making the screengrabs...]
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Postby Sean Gaffney » Sat Jul 09, 2011 5:50 pm

Some music from the short:

Oh Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?
(Septimus Winner/Traditional). Circa 1864.
Sonny Boy (Ray Henderson/Bud De Sylva/Lew Brown). From the 1928 WB musical The Singing Fool.

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Postby mickeyfender » Sat Jul 23, 2011 4:35 pm

Additional tunes include:

"Lady Luck"
Music by Ray Perkins
Played at the beginning and at the end

"Reuben, Reuben"
Traditional
Played when the animals are exercising

"Nobody Cares If I'm Blue"
Music by Harry Akst
Played when Bosko puts his mechanical horse back together before the race

"Tiger Rag"
Music by Edwin B. Edwards, Nick LaRocca, Tony Sbarbaro, Henry Ragas and Larry Shields
Played during the race

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Postby zavkram » Sat Jul 23, 2011 9:33 pm

The Crazy HR wrote:Colorized by Radio and Television Packagers, Inc. as "Off to the Races" with a really bizzare ending completely different from the original cartoon. Uploaded by Lee Glover.
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x74jza_ups-n-downs-redrawn_fun

EDIT: Leviathan was faster.


Not only was that TV version badly redrawn, the soundtrack was also out of sync. That ending is so ludicrous it's actually funny!

The hot dog shtick at the start of the cartoon, I believe, was lifted almost verbatim from the early Mickey Mouse short, "The Karnival Kid"
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