|Land of the Midnight Fun|
Land of the Midnight Fun is a Merrie Melodies cartoon directed in 1939 by the famous Fred Avery, better known as Tex Avery. Robert C. Bruce's well-known voice narrates this cartoon and Melvin Millar wrote the story. This is one of a series of cartoons which poke fun at the travelogue shorts used during this era to highlight nature and travels the ordinary citizen might not be able to enjoy.
A cruise to Nome, Alaska starts with various cruise ship jokes: the ship pulls out of the harbor like a car, raising anchor also raises the front of the boat, the ship follows the coast by curving around it. On arrival, we see some local scenes: A penguin eats two fish, then is eaten by the third; the dogs of a dog sled stop (behind an iceberg) at a telephone pole; a timber wolf goes around shouting "Timber!" Two Eskimos rub noses: in preparation, the woman applies lipstick to her nose. Finally, an Eskimo nightclub (after all, the nights are six months long) features a rotoscoped ice skater. The ship leaves, and gets caught in the fog near New York; when the fog clears, we see the ship is perched atop the World's Fair Trylon.
- First cartoon to have the Red, White and Blue Rings with a sky cloud background circle (similar to the cloud background in the modern Warner Bros. Pictures logo) in the Merrie Melodies opening titles.
- This is one of those AAP/LaserDisc airings on the Turner networks after 1995. The dubbed version was released on the Allegheny Uprising DVD. The USA dubbed version has blue borders around the opening titles. This print still airs on Boomerang and Cartoon Network.
- LaserDisc - The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, Volume 4, Side 7, unrestored
- DVD - Allegheny Uprising, special feature, 1995 dubbed version, uncut