Move over, Felix, because here comes the latest crazy cartoon critter, just in time to bring a little Luck to your New Year!
The product of Walter Disney and Ub Iwerks working for Universal, this lovable little scamp with his big smile, black ears, and two-button pants is sure to become an icon of animation that will make Disney and Iwerks household names.
It's Oswald, the Lucky Rabbit!
And he is lighting up the screen with his debut cartoon of "Trolley Troubles", a zany, mad-cap ride on the rails. And tonight we watch as Oswald tries to drive and prep his trolley despite "help" from his dozens of kids, some stubborn livestock, and some of the most questionable track maintenance you've ever seen.
Can his lucky rabbit's foot save him from disaster?
Following in Felix's feline footsteps, the piece maintains that wacky, surreal world where all the machenery and half of the scenery is living and the laws of physics and anatomy seem maleable to thought.
With more Oswald cartoons on the way, we're sure to be seeing more and more of him thanks to Disney's clever art direction and Iwerks' fluid animation.
But enough introduction, folks; it is time to see the film that started it all, "Trolley Troubles", with hot jazz music provided by Cap'n Tony's own band. To be honest, I half hope they never manage to get the film sound-synchronization issue figured out. Lord knows we musicians need all the gigs we can get some times!
Amazing how sophisticated the plots of these animated films are getting, isn't it?
But enough of that, tonight's special cocktail for you, my special friends, here behind closed doors, is the bubbly Floradora, a sweet, citrusy cocktail that'll cut the less-than-stellar quality of tonight's Bathtub Gin. What better way to ring in the new year?
[image from barnonedrinks.com]
Pour gin, lime juice, and liquer into a Highball Glass over ice, stirring well. Top with ginger ale and garnish with a lime wedge and fresh raspberry.
Happy New Years!! Best of luck to you in the coming year!