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September in the Rain
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Directed By: I. Freleng
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: December 18, 1937
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Ted Pierce
Animation: Cal Dalton
Bob McKimson (uncredited)
Layouts:
Backgrounds:
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: James C. Morton
Wini Shaw
Danny Webb
Mel Blanc
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Blue Dye Bottle
Morton Salt Girl
Various Animated Product Labels
Preceded By: Porky's Hero Agency
Succeeded By: Daffy Duck & Egghead
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September in the Rain

September in the Rain is a 1937 Merrie Melodies cartoon.

Plot

One late evening while its pouring outside, product logos spring to life. First a bottle of Blueing sings, "Am I Blue" as a figure on a can of coffee plays his instrument, causing the Tootsie Tooth Paste begin to dance around like a snake. The light on a can of searchlight begins to move about as many Old Maid Cleanser lady's dance together. A single rubber glove begins to do a Scottish-themed dance. Having to re-inflate himself after so long.

The camels on a pack of Carmel Turkish blend cigarettes march together. Then two weed-like creatures on bottles of Good Ol' Scotch begin to dance too!

Meanwhile in the fruit, a little worm pops out of an apple in multiple spots, then hops out to investigate and check things out. A few chicks on boxes of My Ami? Powder then proceed to chase after it. One of the chicks manages to get the worm but the worm refuses to give up. Causing the small chick to bounce around and slither until it pops out of the little chicks mouth and quickly hops away and back into an apple. More singing takes place as a river on a box of threaded wheat rains onto the Salt cans beneath it. The girl sings as she holds her umbrella. The boy on the box of Uneedum approaches to sing and dance with her. Then the man on Dream of Wheat (a caricature of Al Jolson) begins to sing and make conversation with Aunt Emma on the can of Pancake Flour.

After he finishes, two figures on Domingo and Tareytown cigarettes dance with one-another. Including dancing on top of match boxes. Nearby two figures on the Gold Rust Twins Washing Powder tell the Bisquit chef to begin playing music. The Strong Arm baking soda arm hits the pan on the box of Kleenax as one of the gold rust twins begin to play the piano on the box of Piano Wax. The other one begins to sing as Aunt Emma begins to dance. Soon finishing with a trumpet solo.

The cartoon ends as the camera pans back to the window where its raining outside.

Trivia

  • At a run-time of 5 minutes and 50 seconds (including titles), it is one of the shortest Warner Bros. cartoons ever made (and versions shown on TV have made it shorter due to several scenes of black stereotypes being edited. See "Censorship").
  • While the original titles do exist, it is unknown if they will be restored for future release.

Censorship

  • On syndication, all scenes featuring black caricatures have been edited, rendering this a shorter cartoon than usual (reducing its run-time to 3 minutes) .The scenes featuring the black caricatures are the following: A caricature of Al Jolson (in blackface) singing "September in The Rain"; and a scene near the end in which caricatures of Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong perform a jazz concert rendition of "Nagasaki". The Turner dubbed version as seen on Cartoon Network and Boomerang contains the same edits as for the pre-1995 syndication TV airings.
  • Although the Turner dubbed version seen as a bonus feature on "Carefree" DVD release is still censored, the part where the blackfaced Al Jolson caricature singing the cartoon's title song (September in the Rain) has been reinstated for the DVD release.

Goofs

  • Two out of five chicks were bright yellow while the others were paler. When they all pounce on the worm they all have pale yellow feathers. They turn back to bright yellow when chasing it.

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