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I Love To Singa

I Love To Singa

I Love To Singa (1936) - Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series I Love To Singa

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  • A Vitaphone Production
  • Animated Characters: Owl Jolson, Professor Fritz Owl, Mama Owl, Jack Bunny, Stuttering Grasshopper, Fat Chicken Singer.
  • Originally Released in 1936.
  • Production Number: 7383.
    MPAA: 2240
  • Running Time: 8:16 minutes.
  • Color
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.
  • Jul 18, 1936- Original Release
  • Nov 18, 1944- Blue Ribbon Reissue

Cartoon Production Information:

Based on the song (by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg) from Warner Bros.'s Al Jolson movie "The Singing Kid" (1936).

Although the protagonist is named after Al Jolson, he does not sing in a Jolson-styled voice.

Tommy Bond is perhaps better remembered as "Butch" of the Our Gang / Little Rascals film series.

The father owl was first voiced by Bert Lahr (the Cowardly Lion in the film The Wizard of Oz), but replaced by Billy Bletcher for the final production.

As this is one of the most requested cartoons on the DataBase, so we thought we'd include the lyrics to the original version of the song (as performed by Al Jolson with Cab Calloway):

I love to sing-a
About the moon-a and the June-a and the spring-a,
I love to sing-a,
About a sky of blue-a, or a tea for two-a,
Anything-a with a swing-a to an "I love you-a,"
I love to, I love to sing!

Give me a song-a
About a son-a gun that went and done her wrong-a.
But keep it clean-a,
With a cottage small-a by a waterfall-a,
Any sob-a that will throb-a to a bluebird's call-a,
I love, I love to sing!

I was born a singin' fool-a,
Lah-de-dah!
Ol' Major Bowes is gonna spot me,
Got through Yale with boula-boula,
Lah-de-dah!
Old microphone's got me!

I love to sing-a,
I love to wake up with the south-a in my mouth-a,
And wave a flag-a,
With a cheer for Uncle Sammy and another for my mammy,
I love to sing!

The swingin'est,
Hot singin'est,
Bell-ringin'est,
Song singin'est
High tootin'est,
Sky tootin'est,
I love to sing!


In September of 1943, beginning with A Feud There Was, Warner Bros. began re-releasing select color cartoons in their Blue Ribbon program. Typically the Blue Ribbon reissues received new opening sequences with Blue Ribbon title cards and standardized music. Cartoon production credits were also removed. Between ten and fifteen cartoons were released in any given year, with cartoons coming from as far back as 1935. The reissues continued until the close of the studio in the 1960's.

All Blue Ribbon cartoons were released as "Merrie Melodie" cartoons regardless of the original series. The first "Looney Tunes" short to be included in the Blue Ribbon series was The Hep Cat, which was added in 1949. The only current prints of many of these cartoons are the Blue Ribbon releases, although restoration of these cartoons with original elements and titles is always ongoing.

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

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Comments By: Hope Lykins
I love this cartoon. It shows us that we need to let our children be who THEY want to be and not who we want them to be. I have been looking for the cartoon to show my grand children. Todays cartoons are not the same. I remembered the song and the cartoon...  (read more)

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I Love To Singa

Comments By: Suzy
I first saw this cartoon in the 1950's when I was a little kid and never forgot the words to the song. My daughter (who is 25 now) came to me a few days ago and said, "Oh, Mom, you've got to see this cartoon. I love this song." When...  (read more)

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Comments By: Anjewel
I try to show my kids the old cartoons because the new ones are too violent and not funny. This one I always sang the song and promised to find for them to look at. Glad I finally found it. Brings back so many Saturday...  (read more)

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