Sunday, April 08, 2007

The Lost Columbia Cartoons - He Can't Make It Stick

He Can't Make It Stick, a cracking anti-Hitler cartoon, currently survives with a complete soundtrack, but the first-half of the picture is missing (the picture eventually starts after 3 min 40 sec). It was released on 11th June 1943, and was directed by Paul Sommer and John Hubley. But it was the brainchild of storywriter Milt Gross, the cartoonist who directed the zany Count Screwloose cartoons during his brief stay with MGM.

The cartoon starts off with two women talking about a mysterious paperhanger (voiced by John McGleish) who is about to court a largely-built widow (representing Germany). The widow has three children, two follow the crazed stranger's every word, while the other is very suspicious (and gets treated badly whenever he speaks up against him). The widow and the paperhanger instantly fall in love (this is where the surviving picture starts)...


And soon, they were married.


Later, we return to the widow's home.

The paperhanger shows off his new wallpaper design.

The whole family applauds...

Except for one person...




He claims his wallpaper is so "wunderbar", soon the whole world will be using it.







"And now, we mix the paste."









He seems to be in trouble...

And no matter how much he tries...

He can't make it stick!







"It won't stick!"

And sure enough...

There's no paste left.

But he comes up with an idea: He'll get some from his neighbours, in exchange for his wallpaper.





But no matter where he goes...

He can't make it stick!




















2 comments:

Mike Matei said...

I want a dvd of columbia shorts so bad.

Yosemite (get it) said...

Well Mike, I recently sent a letter To Columbia Picures on making a Fox and the Crow DVD set. Do you think they'd except it or reject it?