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For the Fleischer brothers, the transition to sound was relatively easy. With the new contract with Paramount Pictures, and without the burden of Red Seal Pictures and Alfred Weiss, Max Fleischer was free to experiment with new, bold ideas. First he changed the name of the Ko-Ko Song Cartunes series to Screen Songs. Although the Screen Songs were successful, Fleischer felt that it wasn’t enough; Walt Disney also seemed to gain a great amount of fame through his sound cartoons as well. He decided to work with his brother, Dave on a new series of cartoons where the characters did more than just simply dance to the music of the “bouncing ball”. The name for the new series was to be Talkartoons. When the idea was pitched to Paramount, they leaped at the opportunity.
Four boy-penguins are curious about an abandoned cabin. Their mother warns them in song that “curiosity killed the cat.” They ignore her, partly because she hypocritically displays her own curiosity over a stovepipe they’ve knocked to the ground. The boy-penguins joyfully enter the cabin through its chimney. But inside the cabin, they find themselves in danger: two of them fiddle with a kettle of hot water and get hurt. One of them gets hurt when trying to operate a grammophone record, one wants to touch pepper but sneezes everytime he gets near it, one fiddles with a gun and accidentally gets his beak stuck in it, though he later gets it freed.
In an underwater school for fish, bad boy Tommy Cod would rather play pinball in his desk than recite the daily lesson about hooks, fishing poles, and lines so strong. Tommy is locked out of class by the teacher to study harder. He learns his lesson the hard way when caught by a fisherman’s bait.
A tale about the animator’s hand that is drawing the pictures of some crazy animals playing music. Although the opening is in the mode of the Out Of The Inkwell films, the cartoon characters- especially the orchestra conductor, a lion- attempt to prove that they can perform on a higher level of dignity and culture until everything falls apart, resorting to their usual mode of behavior- satire and mayhem.
A small boy is playing with his toy trains in the yard, guarded by his faithful dog, who is tied to a nearby tree. He’s obviously mad for trains, and when a real train goes by outside, he runs away to climb aboard. The frantic dog breaks his rope to give chase. The little boy makes his way alarmingly to the engine, where he starts the train. The gauges turn into taunting, scary faces which shriek at the boy to “Play Safe!” As the train hurtles towards a collision with another engine, the valiant dog runs faster and faster.
Mr. Spider runs the Cobweb Hotel (where flies check in, but don’t check out) in an abandoned writing desk. When newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Fly arrive on their honeymoon, they discover that the “hotel” is, in fact, Mr. Spider’s larder. However, Mr. Fly is the flyweight boxing champion, and while he battles the evil spider, Mrs. Fly frees the other “guests” while extracting a terrible revenge on their host.