"Confederate Honey" (1940) Breakdown Thread

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"Confederate Honey" (1940) Breakdown Thread

Postby Sean Gaffney » Thu Oct 13, 2011 4:49 am

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Supervision: I. Freleng
Animation: Cal Dalton
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Story: Ben Hardaway

Series: Merrie Melodies
Release Date: March 30, 1940
Production Number: 9365
MPAA Number: 5395

Synopsis: In the deep South of Kentucky, just before the war, we find our heroine, Crimson O'Hairoil, waiting patiently for her beloved Ned Cutler to propose. Ned is played here by Elmer Fudd, so she may have a long wait. Before he can ask her his important question, war breaks out! Ned is a patriot, and dutifully joins the Confederate Army. What follows are a bunch of spot gags about war, including Hugh Herbert in a cameo as a worried general. Finally the war ends, and Ned gets to tell Crimson what he really wanted... his parking ticket validated.

Video Availability: The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, Vol. 3 Laserdisc

Music Used:
Dixie (Daniel Decatur Emmett) (disputed). Circa 1850.
My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night (Stephen Foster). 1853.
Am I Blue? (Grant Clarke/Harry Akst). 1929.
Beautiful Dreamer (Stephen Foster). 1864.
Oh! Susanna (Stephen Foster). 1848.
Old Black Joe (Stephen Foster). 1853.
The Old Grey Mare (Traditional). Circa 1843.
You're In The Army Now (Traditoinal).
When Johnny Comes Marching Home (Louis Lambert). 1863.
Are You from Dixie ('Cause I'm from Dixie Too) (Jack Yellen/George Cobb). 1915.
Light Cavalry Overture (Franz von Suppé). 1866.
Battle Cry of Freedom (George Root). 1862.

Trivia:
The cartoon has not appeared on television or on video/DVD for many years, and even when it did it was censored to remove all the black caricatures.

Elmer Fudd is still pretty Eggheadey here.
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Postby Nick » Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:03 am

Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe that this cartoon was originally supposed to be directed by Hardaway and Dalton (they receive story and animation credit). Their directing duties were replaced by Friz Freleng when he returned to WB from MGM.

It's also a loose parody of Gone With the Wind.

Oh and isn't there some reused animation from Old Glory as well? I'm thinking the "to arms, to arms" scene.

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Postby Brandon Panther » Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:04 am

Didn't David Gerstein once say this was originally planned as an Egghead cartoon?
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Postby LooneyTunerIan » Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:39 pm

One of Elmer's solo cartoons. :)

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Postby David Gerstein » Fri Oct 14, 2011 12:43 am

Brandon Panther wrote:Didn't David Gerstein once say this was originally planned as an Egghead cartoon?
No. You're thinking of Thad, who brought it up here (he's researched a lot that I haven't WRT the late 1930s shorts).
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Postby Thad » Fri Oct 14, 2011 5:14 pm

David Gerstein wrote:No. You're thinking of Thad, who brought it up here (he's researched a lot that I haven't WRT the late 1930s shorts).


Further research proves the linked comment is actually factually dubious. Rod Scribner did not work on Confederate Honey; he was almost immediately reassigned to the Avery unit.

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Postby Zartok-35 » Sat Oct 15, 2011 1:12 am

I always wondered if the call-in scene was by Rod.
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Postby Nick » Sat Oct 15, 2011 5:39 am

The Yankee soldiers look like they're caricatures of the wb staff, can anyone identify them?


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