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Katnip Kollege is a 1938 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Cal Howard and Cal Dalton.

Katnip Kollege
Merrie Melodies series
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Directed byCal Dalton
Cal Howard
Produced byLeon Schlesinger
(un-credited on 1945 release)
Story byDave Monahan
Voices byJohnnie Davis (Johnny Cat)
Poley McClintock
(Frog Voiced Vocal)
George MacFarland (Professor Jones)
Mabel Todd (Kitty Bright)
Mel Blanc (Vocal Talents) (Additional Voices)
Cliff Nazarro (Additional)
Dave Weber (Additional)
Animation byJoe D'Igalo
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s)
  • June 11, 1938 (1938-06-11) (Original)

October 20, 1945
(Blue Ribbon Re-Issue)
Color processTechnicolor
Running time7 minutes (one-reel)
LanguageEnglish

PlotEdit

In the "Swingology" classroom at Katnip Kollege, a cat professor (a parody of Kay Kyser) requires each student to sing his lessons to a jazz rhythm. Johnny Cat just doesn't have it, and has to stay after class wearing the dunce cap. Kitty Bright returns his fraternity ring as she leaves the room, telling 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 the two cats fall into each other's arms, "rolling" off the log they were using as their stage.

MusicEdit

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", is written by M. K. Jerome and Jack Scholl and sung by Johnnie Davis and Mabel Todd in the 1937 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.

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