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Cracked Ice (1938)

It's ice skating time. After a few generic ice-skating gags, we get to the main story. An animal falls through the ice, and a pig doing W.C. Fields (W.C. Squeals, apparently) calls for help... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Tashlin

Writer:

Jack Miller (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Russian Dogs / Drowning Bird / Drunk Fish / Skating Judge (voice) (uncredited)
Tedd Pierce Tedd Pierce ... W.C. Squeals (voice) (uncredited)
Dave Weber Dave Weber ... Charlie McCarthy (voice) (uncredited)
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It's ice skating time. After a few generic ice-skating gags, we get to the main story. An animal falls through the ice, and a pig doing W.C. Fields (W.C. Squeals, apparently) calls for help from a Saint Bernard dog. The dog dispenses a drink, and Squeals begins scheming to get some himself. First he tries faking his own fall through the ice, but the dog sees through it and downs the drink himself. Then Squeals tries using a dish of bones and a magnet, but the magnet falls through the ice and gets stuck around a fish. The fish then swims through a liquor spill from the dog's casket; the drunken fish grabs an ax and, swimming in a circle, dunks another skater. He then latches onto Squeals' skates, and hauls him into an ice-skating contest, where the fish-induced antics win him first prize. Squeals fills the loving cup from the dog's cask, and the fish swims off with it. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Connections

References Billboard Frolics (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Winter
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Music by Albert Gumble
Played briefly during the opening credits
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even though modern audiences probably won't get the pop culture references, you still gotta love what they do here
19 September 2007 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Fans of Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons should know about how the creators often incorporated pop culture references into the cartoons, and understand that these references probably will fly over our heads in the 21st century. One such example is Frank Tashlin's "Cracked Ice". This one starts off with several characters ice skating to the tune of "The Blue Danube", all the while pulling various gags.

That's when a bird falls into a water hole. Overstuffed pig W.C. Squeals summons a St. Bernard, but gets thirsty at the sight of the dog giving the bird brandy. While at first he pretends to drown, the dog sees through his game. But when he uses a magnet...well, let's just say that I couldn't have predicted the subsequent events in a million years! They must have had fun creating this cartoon! So, it goes to show that while Tashlin may not have been the most famous Warner Bros. animation director, he left his mark. And it was a funny one. You're sure to like this cartoon.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1938 (USA) See more »

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