Mickey Rooney Death: No More Survivors From Merrie Melodies’ ‘Hollywood Steps Out’

Mickey Rooney Death: No More Survivors From Merrie Melodies' 'Hollywood Steps Out'

Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart and Rita Hayworth among the 46 stars featured in the classic cartoon depicting a glamorous night out in a Hollywood that has faded into history

Need more proof that Mickey Rooney was one of the few remaining stars from Hollywood's golden age?

The “Boys Town” actor's death last weekend at the age of 93 means that the last survivor caricatured in the 1941 Merrie Melodies cartoon “Hollywood Steps Out” has gone to the big movie premiere in the sky.

Also read: Mickey Rooney, Legendary Actor, Dead at 93

In all, 46 stars were included in the Warner Bros.animated comedy short — a list that boasts such deceased movie icons as Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Rita Hayworth. They are depicted as having a glamorous night out at Ciro's, a famous Los Angeles nightclub that fell victim to changing tastes and closed in the 1950s. It's a Hollywood that has faded into history, if it ever existed at all.

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Rooney is seen sharing a meal and a milk shake with frequent co-star Judy Garland, only to have his eyes pop out when presented with the then- exorbitant bill for $50. The joke it sets up will only be funny to fans of the “Andy Hardy” series, a demographic nearing extinction.

Here's the original cartoon:

  • statler…or is it waldorf?

    They just don't make ‘em like that anymore… neither Hollywood nor cartoons!

  • Vince Vazquez

    Man that cartoon is ROUGH. Those caricatures are terrifying. I'm also sensing that the humor is mostly lazy callbacks.

    Like how bad CGI animated family films of today are just like, “What's
    popular today? Let's just mention that! People will enjoy it because
    they'll get the references. Insert something about Miley Cyrus here, The
    Hunger Games here, etc.”. I mean, I've been subjected to some ancient
    films from this era because of my father – not to mention I myself grew
    up with Looney Tunes/Tiny Toons/Animaniacs, which all continued Warner
    Bros. tradition of referencing Hollywood stars. So I'm actually somewhat familiar with most of these people despite being born in the mid-80's. This really strikes me
    as just, “Hey look! We capably reproduced that thing that made so-and-so
    famous! But in Animation!”. There's very little here that is just good, clever animation that stands up on it's own. Woof.

    Also, the animation itself is sort of upsetting. Veering wildly from rotoscoped to hand-keyed animation just does. Not. Work.

  • Me

    I'm hearing bad news about Mickey. Was reported he was worth $10 million, separated from his wife and family members, his body is unclaimed after his death, he owes back taxes, only a stepson is mentioned in his will, and he had $18,000 in the bank.

    “Say kids, let's NOT put on a show!”