Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Beatles Cartoon, Episode 2!

010201The first segment of this episode is based on the song, "Do You Want to Know a Secret," and opens in Ireland, where the Beatles arrive driving a very cool car! John is driving, and they're headed for a weekend out. Ringo adapts an Irish accent for the occasion. George says he's feeling stronger already, so John suggests that he carry the luggage! Ringo then says that he and George are getting up early with the chickens, to which Paul says, "You will -- this room's for you!" and points them to a room which, predictably, has about a dozen chickens in it. Ringo says, "I'd say it's for the birds!" They go to sleep, George snuggled up to his guitar, Ringo to his tomtom, but something wakes George up, and he starts sneaking past the room where John and Paul (in separate beds, both snuggling their guitars) are trying to sleep, but they wake up, too. George puts a jug outside the door of the cottage they're staying in, because legend has it if you leave a jug outside the door, a leprechaun will fill it with gold. John and Paul laugh at this, because you're supposed to leave it on the mantel -- and indeed, pots for John, Paul and Ringo are already there!

010202Suddenly, a tiny leprechaun girl appears, and asks if they believe in leprechauns. Ringo asks if she's a girl leprechaun, and she says yes, there's only a few left, too! When she asks if they love leprechauns, and if they promise not to tell, she'll lead them to the land of leprechauns and the secret pot of gold! She then snaps her fingers, and they all disappear. They reappear in the land of the leprechauns, and the song begins!

010203As the song plays, the leprechaun girl flies off, leading the four Beatles. Ringo pulls a "Dopey" and gets out of step from the rest. Soon, Ringo and George both stop walking along, and it's just John and Paul -- the leprechaun lass lands on John's hand, flies off, lands again, and so on. George and Ringo rejoin them, but Ringo still does his own thing, while the other three act in unison. Most of the song just as the four Beatles dancing in their line, going through a variety of motions, until the song ends, and the four Beatles fall down.

010204They awaken outside, and the leprechaun lass leads them to the pot of gold, which is the a leprechaun band, and she's their manager! The band, by the way, look like redheaded versions of the Beatles in leprechaun gear. She tells the Beatles that if they help get the band started, she'll cut them in! The Beatles realize they've been had, and get in their car and drive off.

010205Next, it's time for the sing-along, and the first song is "A Hard Day's Night," introduced by John. Propman Ringo is asked for something with a lot of punch, and Ringo comes back with a boxing kangaroo! The kangaroo proceeds to knock out John, and then Ringo jumps in the kangaroo's pouch before she bounces off-stage.

010206The sing-along starts, without the opening chord clash we've come to know and love. Every time the line "I've been working like a dog" comes up, there's a shot of a dachshund, because they were being oh-so-literal. And now, we come to the Botched Lyric! This time around, it's on the second verse, which begins, "You know I work all day to get you money to buy you things. But it's worth it just to hear you say, you're gonna give me everything." But instead of the proper lyric next, which is, "So why I love to come home, 'cause when I get you alone, I know I feel okay," instead we get, "So why on Earth should I moan"! There's also an edit in the song -- the guitar solo is cut, and we go right to the second middle eight right after the third verse! The fadeout is cut out very fast.

010207Before the next song, John tells the kids they did well, but he expects even better on the next song! Ringo asks what prop is needed, so John says it's a romantic ballad. Ringo comes back with a voting booth -- because Ringo thought John said a ballot! John corrects him, but Ringo then comes back in a tutu, thinking it was a ballet!

010208So the song begins, "I Want to Hold Your Hand," with the opening guitar part cut! It's thematically linked to the previous episode, with the background pictures being underwater, although there's no octopus. After the first verse and chorus, we get the opening guitar riff, and then the second verse! We get the Botched Lyric right away now, with the screen saying "Yeah you say that something" instead of "Yeah you got that something". Oddly, when they repeat the verse, they get it correct! They also cut off one of the last repeats of "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" at the end of the song, just before the final one.

010209Finally, we have "If I Fell," which takes place at a spooky castle. A female scientist (voiced by Paul Frees) is waiting for Igor, her assistant, to arrive with the brains she needs for her experiment! Igor empties his sack, and John spills out on the table! The witch points out that she wanted the brains of a beetle, and Igor says, "This is John, he is the brains of the Beatles!" John awakens, and the scientist says she is Doctor Dora Floraheim, and introduces Igor. She tells John he's about to take part in an experiment in which she'll activate her mechanical monster (which, of course, has a vague resemblance to Frankenstein) by means of a human brain - his! John, naturally, doesn't care for this, and runs off, tripping over a stool.

010210The song begins as John is being pursued by Dr. Floraheim and Igor. John ducks into a wardrobe, which is naturally dark, and when he sees another pair of eyes (this being a cartoon, of course in the dark you can see everyone's eyes), he lights a match and there's another Frankenstein-ish monster there! He runs off again, still pursued by Floraheim and Igor. Ducking behind a lab table, John's then pursued by a ghost from a testtube! He runs away from the ghost, and literally runs into the doctor.

010211John wakes up to find himself strapped to a table, connected to the monster, as the song ends suddenly (with the closing guitar solo cut). Igor throws the switch, sending power through John and the monster! Dr. Floraheim says, "It's working, by George!" but Igor corrects her saying, "No, it's by John!" The Monster sits up from the table, walks to the doctor, and picks her up! When she asks if he has a screw loose or something, he drops her, and bursts into song, beginning with the second verse of "If I Fell"! Dr. Floraheim seems to fall in love with the monster, and spiders, rats, and other things come out of the nooks and crannies to listen. The song is pretty much run through almost in its entirety next time!

010212Suddenly, Igor throws the switch back, and the monster stops. Floraheim says she's created the first singing and dancing monster, and plans to hit the road with him, billing him as her "Crooning Creature." John wakes up to hear this, but then suddenly, a mob of girls burst in, proceed to run over Floraheim and Igor, and then attack the monster, literally tearing him to pieces! When the doctor moans about her million-dollar creation ruined, John says, "Cheer up doc, you can always build another monster, you know! Next time, don't use the brains of a singer! Latch on to a scientific genius or something!" When she asks where she can find one, John says he was considered a scientific genius in high school himself -- and of course, they start chasing him again as the cartoon fades to black.

Interesting final segment -- John was introduced in the animated movie "Yellow Submarine" as sort of a psychadelic-colored Frankenstein monster, mixing up a potion to turn back to normal... and of course, the idea of having a monster created that had some kind of singing and dancing talent was later used in "Young Frankenstein"! And finally, the girls coming in and tearing the monster apart parallels a sequence in the Monkees' movie "Head" -- after the Monkees perform "Circle Sky" in front of a crowd, they rush the stage and tear the Monkees to pieces, too!

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