- Not So Quiet
Not So Quiet Oswald the Lucky Rabbit series Directed by Walter Lantz Produced by Walter Lantz Story by Walter Lantz
Music by James Dietrich Animation by Ray Abrams
Distributed by Universal Pictures Release date(s) June 30, 1930 Color process Black and white Running time 6:35 Language English Preceded by My Pal Paul Followed by Spooks
Not So Quiet is an animated short film produced by Walter Lantz, and stars Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. The title is a parody of All Quiet on the Western Front, an Academy Award-winning Universal film released in the same year.
Oswald is a private and was sent into the battlefield. It was dawn and he was dozing inside a tent. The general called out to assemble the privates. Oswald anxiously comes out and gives salute. The general then gave the privates an exercise where they line up, carry a gun and march back and forth. In the drill, Oswald kept toppling on the other privates, much to their annoyance. But all that was because the general carelessly gave him a gun that was too big and cumbersome.
While he was disappointed and wondering what penalty he'll receive, Oswald saw a girl cat singing him a serenade from the other side of a river. Oswald was fascinated and decides to meet her. But before he could the cross the river, Oswald was approached by the general who orders him to deliver a note to the enemy general.
The rabbit agreed and went on to carry the message. Untouchable, Oswald evaded every single bullet that comes his way as well as hiding behind things (such as tree stumps) for cover. At last, Oswald reached the enemy general and hands the message. To his horror, Oswald realizes he was betrayed by his own general when the note tells the enemy leader to shoot him when the sun comes up. Oswald ran for his safety and had to pass through more obstacles. The two battling forces resort to larger ammunition, making escape very difficult.
Fortunately for Oswald, the two forces finally agreed to a cease-fire after several moments. Oswald was relieved of his worries. The girl cat from beyond the river comes to him and gives Oswald a kiss.
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