Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Beatles Cartoon, Episode 4!

0401The first cartoon in this episode is based on the song "Not a Second Time," and it opens at Liverpool Airport, where the Beatles are preparing to take off on a jet to their next concert site. Of course, the female Beatles fans are there to mob them (curiously, none have an English or Liverpudlian accent), so the Fab Four have to make a run for the plane, and make it they do! Their plane is soon in the air, and they can relax.

0402John suggests they rehearse, but Paul's hungry, and wants a sandwich. John suggests they eat while they rehearse, which leads George and Ringo to discuss the idea. John asks if they're ready, but instead of the Beatles responding, the stewardesses do, revealing themselves to be fans in disguise -- "The Clipper," "The Screamer," and "The Fainter."

0403There's only one escape, but do they dare? They do, and parachute out of the plane, landing on the ground below. Shortly, an explorer in the jungle leads them to a nice quiet spot, but the Beatles aren't sure... especially when a couple of crocodiles come out of the water nearby! The explorer claims they're music lovers, and after a short discussion about it, they decide to play anyway, since they want to get through the song once before the show!

0404John asks his bandmates if they're ready, but the crocodiles, now standing, answer, "We've never been readier!" You guessed it, they're the three girls again, in another disguise! The Beatles grab their instruments and run away, the girls chasing them. Later, tired, they decide to try again... but then Ringo spots some crocodiles nearby, and jumps on them, tieing them up and setting his drum kit on top, telling them that they won't fool them a second time!

0405They start performing the song, to the delight and astonishment of some of the local jungle beasts... and all three guitar-playing Beatles are singing! The instrumental of the song gets edited out for this cartoon, by the way... maybe because a piano is used! The fadeout is edited quite a bit, too.

0406When the song ends, and John's satisfied, Ringo looks down at the crocodiles he's tied his drums to and says, "Okay girls, you can take off those silly costumes now!" But then the girls appear from behind a tree! The crocodiles -- real ones -- stand up and applaud the song, but the girls are frightened off and run away screaming! But then the three crocodiles act just like the three girls do, one chomping off a lock of Paul's hair, one fainting, and one screaming! Paul wonders where it'll all end, and George says, "I think it all ends... here!" just as the cartoon ends.

0407Next, of course, is the singalong portion! This time around, the introduction is done by Paul, and he tells propman Ringo that the next song is a tender, romantic love song, and Ringo says he's got just the thing -- and comes back with himself in a Cupid outfit... yes, we've seen this introduction before. Ringo shoots an arrow that bounces around the stage and finally cuts the rope holding himself in the air.

0408So the song begins... "Baby's In Black." The background images for the singalong feature a woman wearing all black (kind of like a beatnik) that Ringo appears to be pining for. Amazingly, there aren't any lyric errors made, nor are there any edits made in the song!

0409Again, the bit between the two singalongs is a rerun, with Paul saying the next song is a real torch song, and Ringo comes out as the Statue of Liberty on roller skates! So then we get to the singalong, "Misery." Appropriately enough for this song, there's a lot of teardrop visuals, and people being separated. In this song, there is a minor lyric error... in the middle eight, there's a line that they have as "Can't she see she'll always be the only one, only one," but it's actually supposed to end, "lonely one." Similarly, in the second middle eight, with the lyric variation, "She'll remember and she'll miss her only one... lonely one," they have it repeating "only one." Amazingly, they don't cut out any of the song, but they do add the second verse in a repeat at the end!

0410The final segment features the song "Slow Down," the first of the covers the Beatles did that we've come across! This one opens in a western town that's preparing for the Beatles' arrival (although outside of the mayor, it appears it's just horses there?). Since Ringo is their favorite, the mayor's renaming the town Ringo Ravine. When he shows them the sign, it falls and he falls with it.

0411Meanwhile, the Beatles are driving to town, with Ringo riding on a cart being pulled by their car. Ringo's pretty happy about the town being named after him, and figures the rest are being soreheads. Suddenly, Ringo lets go of the rope that's pulling his cart, and the cart crashes into a cactus, sending Ringo flying off! Ringo decides to ride in their car the rest of the way, but when he sits down, he breaks their last gold record!

0412Suddenly, not far away, a horse named "Goldnose" sniffs the gold record, since he can smell gold! His owner, a prospector, leaps on the horse in pursuit, along with the prospector's other horse! They arrive at the car, and announce themselves. Paul and John offer to rent the prospector's other horse for a few bucks, but Ringo isn't thrilled about riding it... and indeed, when Ringo is tossed into the horse, it takes off at high speed as the song "Slow Down" starts!

0413As the song plays, Ringo hangs on to the horse for dear life as it speeds along at full gallop, jumping over a ravine, bucking him off (and then back on again), riding through a cave (inside which Ringo and the horse change positions), and more. At Ringo Ravine, the other three Beatles arrive and check their watches, wondering where Ringo is. Suddenly, they spot Ringo and the horse in the distance, Ringo still terrified. There's an edit right after the instrumental, by the way, that adds the second chorus in after the break, and then ending the song abruptly (timing it with a splash as the horse and Ringo jump off a cliff and land in a lake or river).

0414Looking around, Ringo realizes that they're lost -- and he's starving! But then he realizes that Goldnose can smell gold, and then as the final verse of the song starts up, Ringo tosses a ring at a time off of his fingers to create a trail for Goldnose to follow, as the horse he's riding takes off at top speed. The horse suddenly decides he's tired of being ridden, and bucks Ringo off (for the second time), sending Ringo unconscious to the ground... but the smell of gold starts to drift away!

0415The scent reaches Goldnose, who takes off after it. Shortly, with Ringo saved, it's time for the official renaming of the city! As Ringo smiles in anticipation, the Mayor says, "I now rename our city in honor of our hero... Goldnose!" Ringo says he's not going to take it sitting down... "After the ride I've had, I'm going to take it sitting up!"

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