Toon In – Rooty Toot Toot (1951)

Welcome back friends to a new installment of Toon In, our weekly chance to share the noteworthy animated cartoons and shorts that might have escaped your attention. Like our offering today, the 1951 theatrical short Rooty Toot Toot by the UPA ( United Productions of America) studio, which was nominated for the 1952 Best Short Subject, Cartoon category but lost to Tom and Jerry’s The Two Mouseketeers.

The story for Rooty Toot Toot is a modern retelling of the tale sung in the famous Frankie and Johnny song. Director John Hubley packs this nearly eight minute short film with amazing humor and a unique art style that helped place this firmly on the list of 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time, voted by members in the field of animation.

Frankie - Rooty Toot Toot

The voices in Rooty Toot Toot are provided by Thurls Ravencroft (How the Grinch Stole Christmas) and Annette Warren (Show Boat). This particular short has been reported as having a budget of $35,000, thanks in no small part to how well Gerald McBoing Boing and The Ragtime Bear did in their theatrical runs. Money well spent I think you’ll agree after you watch the short.

Frankie - Bartender - Rooty Toot Toot

So come Toon In with us as we learn the fate of Frankie and Johnny in Rooty Toot Toot!

[Via] Just Jeff 53


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