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Katnip Kollege (cartoon)

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Katnip Kollege
Directed By: Cal Howard
Cal Dalton
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: June 11, 1938
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Dave Monahan
Animation: Joe D'Igalo
Rod Scribner (uncredited)
Backgrounds: Art Loomer
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Johnnie Davis
George MacFarland
Poley McClintock
Cliff Nazarro
The Pied Pipers
Mabel Todd
Dave Weber
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Johnny Cat
Kitty Bright
Mr. Jones
Vocal Talents
Preceded By: Porky the Fireman
Succeeded By: Porky's Party

Katnip Kollege is a 1938 Merrie Melodies animated cartoon short produced by Leon Schlesinger Studios for Warner Brothers. It was directed by Cal Howard and Cal Dalton, written by Dave Monahan, and music by Carl W. Stalling.

Plot synopsis

Katnip Kollege still

Johnny finally has learned to swing.

In the "Swingology" classroom at Katnip Kollege, the cats are learning about jazz and how to swing. The cats sing a good morning to the professor cat who rises up out of the floor with his desk. The professor first calls on Mr Jones to recite his history lesson. Mr Jones sings about Columbus discovering America. Next, the professor calls on Downtown Miss Kitty Bright who sings her homework about Napoleon. Next to be called on is Johnny, who doesn't know how to swing. The professor calls his attempt "corny" and, to make matters worse, gives him a ten-hour sentence to the corner to sit on a stool and wear a dunce cap. All the cats are dismissed, with the exception of Johnny (because he won't go anywhere due to his punishment), at which the other students tease him for not knowing how to swing. Kitty returns his fraternity pin to him as she leaves, and tells him to call her when he learns how to swing.

Later that night, as all the other cats jam at an outdoor caterwaul, Johnny is suddenly inspired by the rhythm of a cuckoo clock. He runs to join the group and shocks everyone with a flawlessly jazzy rendition of "Easy as Rollin' Off a Log" sung (and trumpeted) to Kitty. At the end of the song they fall into each other's arms, "rolling" off the log they were using as their stage. Kitty covers his face in kisses as the action ends.


The music in the short is pieced together from a number of contemporary Warner Brothers features. The featured song, "Easy as Rollin' Off a Log" by M. K. Jerome and Jack Scholl, is sung by Johnnie "Scat" Davis and Mabel Todd in the film Over the Goal. Other songs used include "You're an Education" by Al Dubin and Harry Warren which was written for, but never used in Warner Brothers' 1938 feature film Gold Diggers in Paris and the Richard A. Whiting/Johnny Mercer song "We're Working our Way through College" from Warner Brothers' 1937 feature Varsity Show. Carl Stalling supervised the music soundtrack.


The original 1937-38 closing music was kept for the reissue. Cal Howard's direction lasted only 3 cartoons before Howard left merging Dalton with Ben Hardaway until 1940.

While the BR reissue was restored, the original titles are known to exist, but have yet to surface on a new future DVD set.


Katnip Kollege can be found in its Blue Ribbon reissue on these home video formats. They all retain the original ending cue.




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