Animation | 1940 | Sound | B/W
George Pal puppets
I Believe Old man
Fantastic animated, (claymation?) film about a pawn shop. A little boy goes in and all the instruments there do a music bit with the harp being Peggy Lee. There is a Native American totem pole and an Indian who does a war dance to jazz music with hatchets.
Exterior of a pawn brokers shop, rain pours down in sheet, lorries and truck drive by, it is night, a little black boy stands outside the pawn brokers shop taking shelter from the rain, lighting lights up his face and his eyes look around very very fast, his pupils look like sprocket holes. A big peel of thunder scares him, his hands and feet shake, the thunder stops and he grows calmer, the door behind him opens into the pawn shop. His white pupils glow in the dark. The boy turns around and walks into the shop on tiptoe, one wall is full of clocks with pendulums swinging. The boy creeps through the shop, disappearing behind piles of rubbish and lamps, figurines, chests of drawers. He tiptoes up to a wicket, where the owner is asleep, The boy jumps back as the clocks all go off at once. He jumps to the window and shakes it hard to try to open it. A coo-coo bird comes out of one of the clocks. The boy looks a the half open window and then back as the bird. The bird disappears into the clock again. The boy climbs down from the window, then his eyes roll like slot machines. A harp, with a carved woman on the one side of it comes alive, she stretches and starts to sing ( Peggy Lee). The boy looks and then rolls his eyes in terror. The harp continues to sing. The boy puts his hands over his head. A trumpet pops up beside the girl, another one pops up in front of her. The boy leans forward, listening to the song. As the jazz song ends, the harp returns to it solid state, arms against her sides. The boy jumps and pulls at the locked door handles. A stand-up piano starts to play by itself. A close up of the keys being pressed down by no fingers. The top of the piano opens and trumpets and other brass instruments peek over the top. The boy stares wide eyed. The brass instruments peek around the edges of the piano. A clarinet case opens and the clarinet gets out and walks over the ground, bending and lengthening itself like a caterpillar, then it twirls over the floor. The boy looks on, not scared any more, the clarinet comes up to him and blows in his face, bobbing up and down, it falls to the ground and the boy picks it up and starts to play, a trumpet peeks out from under a curtain and answers him. The boy plays again, the trumpet looks over the top of the curtain and answers again. They play hide and seek, answering each other. The boy looks over the curtain and the trumpet stick out under his legs, toppling him over. The boy keeps playing the clarinet. The clarinet jumps into a chest of drawers, the boy blows on the instrument and the trumpet pops out of one of the upper drawers. More hide and seek in the chest of drawers. The trumpet walks up a ladder beside the dresser. The boy follows the trumpet still playing his instrument. At the top of the very long ladder, looking down at the boy from the POV of the trumpet, he keeps playing the instrument but then the boy falls down the ladder.
A totem pole, all the instruments around it scatter as the boy lands at its foot, they return and make a circle around him, swaying in and out. The Indian chief with feather headdress is very mad he throws a tomahawk. The boy plays the clarinet, the brass instruments play with him, the tomahawk lands in the totem pole behind the boy, he looks around and sees it and jumps back. The feet of the Indian chief as he does a war dance, then the Chief as he throws another tomahawk hatchet over his shoulder. Jasper, his mouth a round 'O' gasps as the wings of the totem pole squeeze him tight. The top of the totem pole, plays the saxophone. The Indian chief dances forward, tapping his mouth and waving the small axe. Jasper squished up against the totem pole. The Indian chief dances around the totem pole. Jasper gulps. The chief completes a circuit and leans back to the throw the hatchet. The tomahawk spins through the air. It lands right above Jasper's head. The trumpet comes down the ladder. The totem pole, still holding Jasper, bobs with the music, the trumpet jumps up into its mouth in the middle of the pole. The trumpet jumps up to the tallest mouth on the pole. A moose head on the wall sings to the music. An elephant head does the same. The Indian chief throws many tomahawks. The hatchets outline Jasper. The front doors shake as a policeman tries to get in. The chief takes out all of the tomahawks and all the instruments and toys scurry away. The totem pole lets Jasper go. The policeman stands at the door and calls into the shop, Jasper runs by him. The shopkeeper wakes up and rubs his eyes.
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