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Director  Rudolf Ising
Film series  Merrie Melodies
Music director  Frank Marsales, Abe Lyman
Language  English
5.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Animation, Family, Short
Producer  Leon Schlesinger
Smile, Darn Ya, Smile! movie poster
Release date  September 5, 1931
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Smile, Darn Ya, Smile! is a Merrie Melodies cartoon short (September 5, 1931), and also the title of the song performed in the cartoon. This is one of only three Merrie Melodies cartoons to star Foxy; the other two are Lady, Play Your Mandolin! (August, 1931) and One More Time (October 3, 1931). This short is a remake of Trolley Troubles, a Disney short featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in whose creation Hugh Harman had once been involved.


Smile, Darn Ya, Smile! movie scenes


Smile, Darn Ya, Smile! movie scenes

Foxy is a trolley engineer whose problems include a fat lady hippo who can't fit into the trolley and a set of wheels that detach from the trolley car while it's moving. Foxy picks up his vixen girlfriend and gives her a ride, but along the way, the car is blocked by a cow who won't get off the track. A group of nearby hobos sing the title song while Foxy tries to move the cow; he finally runs the car underneath the cow and goes on his way.

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The trolley then goes down a hill and runs out of control; Foxy tries to stop it, but the brakes don't work. Finally, the trolley runs off of a cliff, throwing Foxy right into the camera... and then he falls from bed, waking up from what has turned out to be just a nightmare. The radio by his bed is playing the title song, and the annoyed Foxy smashes the radio with a bedpost upon hearing it.

The song

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The theme song later appeared in Robert Zemeckis's Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Christoph Waltz also sang it when he hosted Saturday Night Live.


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