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Cartoon Hell #4 – “Along Came A Duck”

January 17, 2008

Cartoon Hell is TheKarpuk’s attempt to review every single installment in an awful $5 collection called “150 Classic Cartoons” purchased at his local Wal-Mart. Your prayers are welcome.

God Help You If A Duck Comes Along and You’re Unprepared!

 Today’s entry sounds a bit like the third line of a dirty joke, after the priest, minister, and rabbi are seated at the bar, then along came a duck.

 Really, the title isn’t setting you up for an story of wizardry and wonder in the far east. If a friend of mine said, “So I was sitting there, and along came a duck…..” I wouldn’t immediately yell, “Shit man, don’t leave me hanging, then what happened? What did the duck do? I bet it quacked, tell me it quacked!”

Stamped and approved by the Kaiser himself!

 The first thing I noticed upon loading this film is that I don’t recognize the title card. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard of “Official Films” before, though you can’t beat a title that immediately encourages you to ask, “officially what?” I’m sure it spits in the face of all things unofficial, but I’d like to know who exactly they’re representing.

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Cartoon Hell #1: “The Tuba Tooter”

November 28, 2007

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Recently I was wandering through the local Wal-Mart that’s positioned just across the street from my apartment when I noticed a fascinating item on their $5 DVD bin. It was a collection called “150 Cartoon Classics” and had terrible drawings of such notable cartoon characters as Casper the Friendly Ghost, Popeye the Sailor, and Betty Boop. Of course when I looked at the titles on the back, I also noticed a lot of cartoons I’d never even heard of, many of which I have to assume are the sort of ancient cartoons where everyone bobs to the music and there’s plenty of dancing.

So I decided I would start a blog that in general would discuss animation, and create a regular feature where I would chronicle my attempt to watch every single short on this entire collection. You’re reading the inaugural installment of “Cartoon Hell”.

“The Tuba Tutor” by RKO was the first installment on the first DVD, and it’s the exact sort of product I was hoping for when I bought this collection.

Now don’t let the title fool you, this isn’t the classic cat and mouse team popularize by Hanna Barbera, but a series of shoddy Van Beuren cartoons produced in the early thirties. I can’t determine which is which since they never refer to each other properly, but for our discussion we’re just going to say that the tall one is Tom and the short one is Jerry.

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The first thing that throws me off beyond the name of the characters is that there’s a huge credit on the title screen for “Synchronization”. I don’t even think they use this term for animation anymore, or perhaps it had a much greater importance back in the day, but Chuck Jones didn’t get this big a credit when he was directing.

The cartoon begins and we see a wobbly boat riding up and down bouncy waves in what has to be the cutest perfect storm ever witnessed. The steam whistle blow by turning into a face with lips, and the ship slows to a stop at an unnamed port.

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