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23rd Feb '14 12:15:15 PM MissMokushiroku
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[[caption-width:300:"[[PoirotSpeak De happy peoples sitting on their]] [[{{Malaproper}} balalaikas]], [[PoirotSpeak playink their]] [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign samovars...]]"]]
A [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1945 (released in 1946)]] [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] short subject directed by BobClampett, '''"Book Revue"''' is a semi-remake of the 1938 Frank Tashlin short "Have You Got Any Castles?" (or just a throwback to the many "things come to life in a store" motif that was very common in early 30's cartoons). However, pop culture references are up, front, and center this time, along with Clampett's trademark expressive distortions and caricaturing, as well as some very catchy music. Midway through the short, good old DaffyDuck appears and intrudes on the story of "Literature/LittleRedRidingHood" -- and the fun really begins!

This short has been voted No. 45 on The50GreatestCartoons list. It has also earned a spot on ''The100GreatestLooneyTunes'' list.

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!! Tropes Include:

* AluminumChristmasTrees: Yes, the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes did have a comic book series back then. In fact, they still do (only it's by DC Comics).
* DigitalDestruction: The print used in Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 2 is ruined by nasty digital interlacing, which causes the film to jitter and strobe like crazy if you freeze frame it--if you look hard enough, you can even notice it in motion! Fortunately, Warner Home Video has a replacement program for the defective disc. The print of this short included on "The Essential Daffy Duck" also does not have the interlacing problems of the Golden Collection print.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: At the end, [[spoiler:the wolf]] is sent tumbling into the Dante's Inferno book in awe of FrankSinatra's singing.
* GenreKiller: This cartoon was the reason why those "things come to life in a store" cartoons stopped being made.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Next to the Looney Tunes comic is a "Familiar Quotations" book containing partially-obscured entries including "Damn the torpedos" and "Go to Hell".
* GratuitousRussian: See {{Malaproper}} below.
* HypocriticalHumor: Henry VIII's mother chews him out and spanks him for wolf whistling at the local Cherokee Strip, only to her and other girls to fall head over heels for FrankSinatra's singing and start cat-calling themselves!
* {{Malaproper}}: As suggested by the image caption. A "balalaika" is "a stringed instrument of Russian origin, with a characteristic triangular body and three strings";co a "samovar" is "a heated metal container traditionally used to heat and boil water in and around Russia, with an attachment on the tops of its lid to hold and heat a teapot filled with tea concentrate."
* MoodWhiplash: Daffy, in his smooth-talking DannyKaye persona, suddenly breaking into "La Cucaracha" with a loud shriek of "'''''CUCARACHAAAAAA!!!'''''"
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Daffy imitates DannyKaye (signalled by his appearing in front of the book ''Danny Boy''). The toon also parodies a number of popular band leaders and musicians ''Young Man With a Horn'' is Harry James; ''The Voice in the Wilderness'' is FrankSinatra; ''Brass'' is Tommy Dorsey (who snags W.C. Fields' nose in his trombone slide); ''Drums Along the Mohawk'' is Gene Krupa; ''The Pie-Eyed Piper'' is Benny Goodman; ''So Big'' is Jimmy Durante. The wolf, in his last appearance, does an imitation of comedian Joe Besser, going, "Ya sthillies!"
* PoirotSpeak: Used by Daffy in his DannyKaye persona.
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: When the Judge, the Wolf, ''etc.'', start singing to the tune of the Sextette from Gaetano Donizetti's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5D4jRM1RPc Lucia di Lammermoor]]''
* PunBasedTitle: The title is a pun on "Book Review", "Revue" meaning "Variety Show", which this short basically is. However, the pun was ruined in its re-release when the new title card changed it to just "Book Review."
** That's because the studio's producer Eddie Selzer (who reportedly had no sense of humor), genuinely thought Bob Clampett screwed up, and used the word "Revue" by mistake, so when the cartoon was re-issued, Selzer [[ExecutiveMeddling "fixed" it.]]
* {{Scatting}}: Used by Daffy to warn Red Riding Hood in song about the Big Bad Wolf.
* ShoutOut: Daffy's famous "morph into a giant eye" wild take (officially dubbed the "[[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Clampett Corneal Catastrophe]]") would appear again in the ''TinyToonAdventures'' episode "Inside Plucky Duck", where Plucky successfully pulls it off...only to remain stuck in it for the rest of the episode.
** Also, in the toon itself, there is a reference to ''The Aldrich Family,'' a popular radio comedy series, when the mother calls, "Hen-RY! Hen-ry-the-Eighth!" and he replies, "Coming, Mother!"
* {{Squee}}: Every female character [[spoiler:(and the wolf)]] in the library does this at the sight of Frank Sinatra.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' episode, "Video Revue" is one to this cartoon.
* ToothyBird: Look at the page image.
* VisualPun: Tons. For instance, when the Wolf receives his sentence from the court, he's thrown behind bars for life -- or rather, behind bars on the cover of an issue of ''Life'' Magazine.
* WildTake: One of the most famous -- Daffy transforms into a GIANT EYEBALL.

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[[caption-width:300:"[[PoirotSpeak De happy peoples sitting on their]] [[{{Malaproper}} balalaikas]], [[PoirotSpeak playink their]] [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign samovars...]]"]]
A [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1945 (released in 1946)]] [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] short subject directed by BobClampett, '''"Book Revue"''' is a semi-remake of the 1938 Frank Tashlin short "Have You Got Any Castles?" (or just a throwback to the many "things come to life in a store" motif that was very common in early 30's cartoons). However, pop culture references are up, front, and center this time, along with Clampett's trademark expressive distortions and caricaturing, as well as some very catchy music. Midway through the short, good old DaffyDuck appears and intrudes on the story of "Literature/LittleRedRidingHood" -- and the fun really begins!

This short has been voted No. 45 on The50GreatestCartoons list. It has also earned a spot on ''The100GreatestLooneyTunes'' list.

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!! Tropes Include:

* AluminumChristmasTrees: Yes, the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes did have a comic book series back then. In fact, they still do (only it's by DC Comics).
* DigitalDestruction: The print used in Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 2 is ruined by nasty digital interlacing, which causes the film to jitter and strobe like crazy if you freeze frame it--if you look hard enough, you can even notice it in motion! Fortunately, Warner Home Video has a replacement program for the defective disc. The print of this short included on "The Essential Daffy Duck" also does not have the interlacing problems of the Golden Collection print.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: At the end, [[spoiler:the wolf]] is sent tumbling into the Dante's Inferno book in awe of FrankSinatra's singing.
* GenreKiller: This cartoon was the reason why those "things come to life in a store" cartoons stopped being made.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Next to the Looney Tunes comic is a "Familiar Quotations" book containing partially-obscured entries including "Damn the torpedos" and "Go to Hell".
* GratuitousRussian: See {{Malaproper}} below.
* HypocriticalHumor: Henry VIII's mother chews him out and spanks him for wolf whistling at the local Cherokee Strip, only to her and other girls to fall head over heels for FrankSinatra's singing and start cat-calling themselves!
* {{Malaproper}}: As suggested by the image caption. A "balalaika" is "a stringed instrument of Russian origin, with a characteristic triangular body and three strings";co a "samovar" is "a heated metal container traditionally used to heat and boil water in and around Russia, with an attachment on the tops of its lid to hold and heat a teapot filled with tea concentrate."
* MoodWhiplash: Daffy, in his smooth-talking DannyKaye persona, suddenly breaking into "La Cucaracha" with a loud shriek of "'''''CUCARACHAAAAAA!!!'''''"
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Daffy imitates DannyKaye (signalled by his appearing in front of the book ''Danny Boy''). The toon also parodies a number of popular band leaders and musicians ''Young Man With a Horn'' is Harry James; ''The Voice in the Wilderness'' is FrankSinatra; ''Brass'' is Tommy Dorsey (who snags W.C. Fields' nose in his trombone slide); ''Drums Along the Mohawk'' is Gene Krupa; ''The Pie-Eyed Piper'' is Benny Goodman; ''So Big'' is Jimmy Durante. The wolf, in his last appearance, does an imitation of comedian Joe Besser, going, "Ya sthillies!"
* PoirotSpeak: Used by Daffy in his DannyKaye persona.
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: When the Judge, the Wolf, ''etc.'', start singing to the tune of the Sextette from Gaetano Donizetti's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5D4jRM1RPc Lucia di Lammermoor]]''
* PunBasedTitle: The title is a pun on "Book Review", "Revue" meaning "Variety Show", which this short basically is. However, the pun was ruined in its re-release when the new title card changed it to just "Book Review."
** That's because the studio's producer Eddie Selzer (who reportedly had no sense of humor), genuinely thought Bob Clampett screwed up, and used the word "Revue" by mistake, so when the cartoon was re-issued, Selzer [[ExecutiveMeddling "fixed" it.]]
* {{Scatting}}: Used by Daffy to warn Red Riding Hood in song about the Big Bad Wolf.
* ShoutOut: Daffy's famous "morph into a giant eye" wild take (officially dubbed the "[[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Clampett Corneal Catastrophe]]") would appear again in the ''TinyToonAdventures'' episode "Inside Plucky Duck", where Plucky successfully pulls it off...only to remain stuck in it for the rest of the episode.
** Also, in the toon itself, there is a reference to ''The Aldrich Family,'' a popular radio comedy series, when the mother calls, "Hen-RY! Hen-ry-the-Eighth!" and he replies, "Coming, Mother!"
* {{Squee}}: Every female character [[spoiler:(and the wolf)]] in the library does this at the sight of Frank Sinatra.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' episode, "Video Revue" is one to this cartoon.
* ToothyBird: Look at the page image.
* VisualPun: Tons. For instance, when the Wolf receives his sentence from the court, he's thrown behind bars for life -- or rather, behind bars on the cover of an issue of ''Life'' Magazine.
* WildTake: One of the most famous -- Daffy transforms into a GIANT EYEBALL.

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16th Jan '14 8:52:25 AM TheBeanerItWas
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* HypocriticalHumor: Henry VIII's mother chews him out and spanks him for wolf whistling at the local Cherokee Strip, only to her and other girls to fall head over heels for FrankSinatra's singing and start cat-calling themselves!
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* GratuitousRussian: See {{Malaproper}} below.
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* AluminumChristmasTrees: Yes, the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes did have a comic series back then. In fact, they still do.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: Yes, the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes did have a comic book series back then. In fact, they still do.do (only it's by DC Comics).
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*GenreKiller: This cartoon was the reason why those "things come to life in a store" cartoons stopped being made.
10th Jun '13 9:43:24 PM Kadorhal
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Daffy imitates DannyKaye (signalled by his appearing in front of the book ''Danny Boy''). The toon also parodies a number of popular band leaders and musicians ''Young Man With a Horn'' is Harry James; ''The Voice in the Wilderness'' is FrankSinatra; ''Brass'' is Tommy Dorsey (who snags W.C. Fields' nose in his trombone slide); ''Drums Along the Mohawk'' is Gene Krupa; ''The [[IncrediblyLamePun Pie-Eyed]] Piper'' is Benny Goodman; ''So Big'' is Jimmy Durante. The wolf, in his last appearance, does an imitation of comedian Joe Besser, going, "Ya sthillies!"

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Daffy imitates DannyKaye (signalled by his appearing in front of the book ''Danny Boy''). The toon also parodies a number of popular band leaders and musicians ''Young Man With a Horn'' is Harry James; ''The Voice in the Wilderness'' is FrankSinatra; ''Brass'' is Tommy Dorsey (who snags W.C. Fields' nose in his trombone slide); ''Drums Along the Mohawk'' is Gene Krupa; ''The [[IncrediblyLamePun Pie-Eyed]] Pie-Eyed Piper'' is Benny Goodman; ''So Big'' is Jimmy Durante. The wolf, in his last appearance, does an imitation of comedian Joe Besser, going, "Ya sthillies!"
2nd Feb '13 1:16:12 PM nombretomado
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* SpiritualSuccessor: The ''{{Animaniacs}}'' episode, "Video Revue" is one to this cartoon.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: The ''{{Animaniacs}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' episode, "Video Revue" is one to this cartoon.
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* SpiritualSuccessor: The ''{{Animaniacs}}'' episode, "Video Revue" is one to this cartoon.
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