The Shriek
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit series
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Directed by Walter Lantz
Bill Nolan
Produced by Walter Lantz
Story by Walter Lantz
Bill Nolan
Music by James Dietrich
Animation by Ray Abrams
Fred Avery
Cecil Surry
Jack Carr
Don Williams
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) February 27, 1933
Color process Black and white
Running time 7:05
Language English
Preceded by The Plumber
Followed by Going to Blazes

The Shriek is an animated short film produced by Walter Lantz Productions. It is among the many cartoons of the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit series. The cartoon's title is a parody of the 1921 Paramount film The Sheik.[1]

Plot summary

Oswald and the girl beagle are on a camel, riding through the Egyptian desert. One day, they are encountered by a wolf wearing a bandana and also riding a camel. The girl beagle is taken by the wolf and is brought into the latter's hideout, an ancient Egyptian temple. Though the temple's entrance is closed upon his arrival, Oswald is able to crawl under it.

In a chamber of the temple, the wolf is smooching the girl beagle. As Oswald knocks on the door, the wolf stops momentarilly to confront the rabbit. After opening the door, the wolf hurls a log at Oswald, only to miss. Oswald quickly dashes into the chamber, locking the wolf outside.

As the wolf struggles to reenter the room, Oswald pulls the bandages off a wooden mannequin, causing it to spin. He then uses it to drill a hole in one of the chambers walls to make their escape.

While they are going through the temple's many corridors and are not seen by their tormentor, Oswald tells the girl beagle to hide in another chamber while he tries to looks for exits. While he searches, Oswald is spotted by the wolf but still manages to stay on the run.

At the chamber where she is hiding, the girl beagle notices three kinds of materials: blankets, wooden staffs, and metal urns with eerie faces. She then uses them to create a scary disguise. Oswald returns inside and is slightly trembled upon seeing what she came up with. When the girl beagle reveals herself, Oswald is relieved and at the same time inspired to use a similar strategy for their getaway.

The wolf is standing around, still trying to figure the whereabouts of his two would-be-victims. Just then, Oswald and the girl beagle, in their ghostly disguises, pass by. Not realizing it is them, the wolf asks the two for directions. They reply, saying they know nothing, and walk away. The disguises of Oswald and the girl beagle, however, fail to keep them covered for long as their backs are partially exposed. The wolf notices this and goes after them.

Oswald and the girl beagle begin running when the wolf learns their identities. On the way, they find a toppled stone pillar at the end of a steep path. They then roll it toward the wolf. The wolf tries to outrun the rolling column but in vain. After getting flatten, the wolf is inflated back to shape by a couple of mice using a bellows.

Still on the run, Oswald and the girl beagle climb up a post to get on a higher ledge. They drop a stone plank on a bulging rock which they will use as a teeter totter. As the wolf walks by and stands on the lowered end of the teeter-totter, Oswald and the girl beagle drop a boulder on the other end. The wolf is thrown in the air and is last seen falling into the mouth of a sphinx. The film ends with Oswald and the girl beagle kissing each other.

See also

References

  1. "The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia: 1933". The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia. http://lantz.goldenagecartoons.com/1933.html. Retrieved 2011-06-03. 

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