Strange is right. From the Elvis line, to the annoying high-pitched voices used for the gang members, to the very annoying "take off that hat" narration. For some reason, this makes me wonder what would have happened if Jerry Lewis narrated a sequel to "Rascal Dazzle" (with clips from silent OG shorts).
By the way, any idea who the narrator is? He sounds oddly familiar.
I think you're right about Pete Smith. He could have sold this entire short (not that it needs any narration). I'm guessing this was intended for young children. The narrator's vibe certainly makes it seem so. I especially love how he added in "she's nuts" to Mickey's "birds on her aerial" line; I guess whoever was behind this felt that the joke needed to be explained to children. As for the print, I want to say it's from the 1960s (the Elvis line makes it obvious that it was at least made around the 50s-70s). The print itself appears to be the very same print we've been seeing on the home video market for so many years.
Last Edit: Sept 16, 2011 18:46:44 GMT -5 by mtw12055
I don't know why this oddity randomly popped into my head, but I decided to search for it again. Anyhow, skimming through it again, I recognized one of the stock tunes from - of all things - the cheapo, effortless, and just plain weird kiddie flick SANTA CLAUS AND ICE CREAM BUNNY, one of the many movies the Rifftax crew (three of the ex-MST3K people) has done commentary for.
I'm thinking this was all done in an attempt at 'updating' silent movies for audiences of the '60s (I'm assuming that's the decade that this came out in). The goofy music, the reading of the title cards, the unnatural sound effects.... Same goes for televised versions of these films. I guess they figured a plain silent film wouldn't sell.