Believe It or Else (1939)

Believe It or Else ReviewBelieve It or Else Review

Believe It or Else is a 1939 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a flawed, interesting short.

Egghead stars in this cartoon where he is a non-believer and in the spirit of the titular column they try to make him believe. However, the film doesn’t really make use of its admittedly awesome premise all that much. Certainly Egghead is pretty good and this is actually his last cartoon. I will not miss him too much, but he was a fun character in his own right. I loved the ending gag here.

But the rest of the cartoon lags and drags. I definitely liked some parts and the animation too, but the runtime of over eight minutes is just too much and the overall action and humor are subpar for sure. This is a pretty great example of how a very mediocre execution can ruin a perfectly good premise.

Believe It or Else has a great story, but weak conclusion ending up being a weak last entry for Egghead.

My Rating – 3.4

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