Porky in Egypt (1938)

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Porky in Egypt is a 1938 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is so good.

As the title suggests, Porky is in Egypt with his camel. They are journeying in the desert and because the sun is too hot, the camel starts losing his mind and behaving erratically. This film is one of the most crazy and hallucinogenic Looney Tunes so far and those scenes were the highlights not only in terms of the humor but also in terms of animation which is very artistic and unique. The movements are particularly well animated and accomplished.

I also liked the character design and the entire Egypt looks awesome and painted with great attention to detail. That along with a fittingly Arabian score definitely creates the mood superbly. The camel is such a great character and he steals the show here, but unfortunately he steals it from Porky who is somewhat underutilized here. The film is very good, but not as funny as I hoped it would be.

Porky in Egypt should have been funnier, but it is a gorgeously animated, wonderfully crazy and hallucinogenic trip to Egypt.

My Rating – 4

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Blue Rhythm (1931)

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Blue Rhythm is a 1931 Mickey Mouse cartoon. It is such a dull entry.

I do realize that people who are into music more are bound to love this film, but I really found it boring. Incredibly boring actually and way too long. It is basically a concert film but unlike other musicals of the time, it is literally a concert short. But unlike those earlier shorts, it is even more boring this time around and it only has that concert novelty to it.

It starts off fine, but becomes repetitive and dull. The runtime is excessive and I found both Mickey and Minnie somewhat forgettable in this particular cartoon. Others are also forgettable and in spite of a couple of charming moments, the film is mostly devoid of either charm or humor. The animation is very good though.

Blue Rhythm is very tedious and overlong. It is another one of those excessive Mickey Mouse musicals.

My Rating – 3.2

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Johnny Smith and Poker-Huntas (1938)

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Johnny Smith and Poker-Huntas is a 1938 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a solid short.

Egghead plays famous John Smith who arrives to America aboard the Mayflower. He meets Poker-Huntas who is obviously a parody of Pocahontas and marries her and they have kids, some resembling her and some resembling him. It is a typical parody flick, but better than most weaker Merry Melodies thanks to some clever gags.

I liked that cute ending, but the highlight in my opinion was the scene when they arrived on the continent and there the Indians already had shops and services. The hairstyle scene was quite amusing. Egghead is okay for this short, but he is getting boring pretty quickly and I am looking forward to him becoming Elmer Fudd finally. The animation is solid here, but far from great.

Johnny Smith and Poker-Huntas is nothing special, but a solid little parody with some quite clever gags.

My Rating – 3.6

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Porky’s Naughty Nephew (1938)

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Porky’s Naughty Nephew is a 1938 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a weak short.

This is basically one of those Porky Pig cartoons where the focus is on Porky being a victim and this time around he is tormented by his very annoying cousin. I honestly like the victim formula more than most people out there, but this one is weaker than most of the previous offerings and for many reasons.

Certainly it is energetic and mostly well executed plus the animation is good, but the cousin is a forgettable new character and Porky here is even less memorable or endearing than he usually is. But the film just doesn’t have any quality, truly great gags and thus it is an entirely forgettable offering.

Porky’s Naughty Nephew has a forgettable title character and a lack of strong gags to make it more memorable.

My Rating – 3.4

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Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase (1992)

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Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase is a 1992 Oscar winning animated short film that is for art fans alone.

The film consists of various images of famous paintings and the selling point is that each painting gets morphed into the next one. That is the point of this film and it has nothing else to offer besides that. Certainly the animation is strong and artistic and the animator pulled of this trick remarkably well for 1992, but it is still boring.

It is the kind of film that is unfortunately only suited for art majors and people who are really interested and know a lot about art. I personally have weak knowledge of that and thus I only recognized a couple of paintings here. The film is definitely a very boring watch.

Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase has great animation, but despite that selling point, it doesn’t have a lot else to offer and is very boring and too artistic.

My Rating – 3

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Little Pancho Vanilla (1938)

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Little Pancho Vanilla is a 1938 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is such a standard flick.

Little Pancho Vanilla is an okay Merry Melody, certainly not bad as it is actually very well animated with a nice color palette to it and solid character designs. I also liked the score and how the film did not stereotype Mexicans all too much. It has a sweet ending and is overall serviceable.

But it just isn’t funny or entertaining enough and is rather boring actually. Its major problem is that it recycles the formula of the Silly Symphonies by having the protagonist have a dream which others disapprove of. So it features standard Disney storytelling, but that I do not expect from this Warner Bros. series plus this film never quite compares to the Disney films which are much better.

Little Pancho Vanilla features solid animation and it has good intentions, but it is rather boring and too much influenced by Disney.

My Rating – 3.3

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Porky in Wackyland (1938)

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Porky in Wackyland is a 1938 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is amazing.

Porky in Wackyland is very much influenced by ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and Salvador Dali’s works. It has that weird flavor to it that differentiates it from all of the previous Looney Tunes. Porky arrives in Africa in search of a rare bird worth millions of dollars and experiences all kinds of weird scenarios and characters. The highlight was the ending with such a nice, funny reveal.

But I also really loved that adventurous, mysterious opening of the film as well as some of the hijinks involving the bird itself. The bird is crazy in the vein of Daffy Duck and maybe even crazier in its unhinged behavior. I also loved Porky Pig as he is a great adventurer here. The score is solid but although the gags are strong, they aren’t really hilarious. But other than that, it is truly a phenomenal film with absolutely terrific animation that takes risks and shows what animation can truly accomplish which is anything you can imagine.

Porky in Wackyland is one of the very best Looney Tunes of the 1930s thanks to such a crazy, weird plot and characters with a particularly strong, inventive and imaginative animation.

My Rating – 4.5

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Mickey Steps Out (1931)

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Mickey Steps Out is a 1931 Mickey Mouse cartoon. It is a solid, forgettable one.

Mickey goes on a date with Minnie but Pluto is there to wreak chaos and interrupt the date. This is a solid premise which was not particularly well utilized here despite some winning moments, but with some rehashed gags from previous entries.

I liked that Pluto is finally getting more to do and he was the most memorable character here with the two mice being somewhat forgettable this time around. The animation is getting better and better with each short and I like how the series finally is moving away from the musical format. But this short still needed more quality gags.

Mickey Steps Out is well animated and a step in the right direction, but lacking in great gags and moments.

My Rating – 3.4

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A Feud There Was (1938)

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A Feud There Was is a 1938 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a solid flick.

It is a typical tale of the feud between two rivaling hillbilly tribes. It is a famous American tale and the film doesn’t really add a lot to it. It does add breaking the fourth wall jokes by Egghead speaking to the audience but those jokes are overdone and lazy by now.

The film is solid in its use of gags and weaponry, but not all that funny. Still I really liked its characters and how they looked thanks to pretty solid design work. But the overall animation is very smooth and charming to look at. I liked the film, but the story demanded much more humor and memorable action in it.

A Feud There Was definitely looks good and is charming, but lazy in its gags and not particularly memorable.

My Rating – 3.5

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Cracked Ice (1938)

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Cracked Ice is a 1938 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a pretty amusing short.

We follow some animals ice skating but when the bird falls into ice, it is up to the dog helper to save it. The dog carries gin with him and a pig is very jealous and wants the gin for himself. I loved that pig. Mr. Squeal is so funny. His voice is very much a typical 30s tough voice and it was funny watching him try to get the alcohol from the dog who is very cool and also quite amusing.

The problem I’ve had with the film is that the entire fish and trophy storyline in the second half is nowhere near as compelling as the dog and pig story in the first half which I wanted much more of. That was unfortunate. The animation is excellent and the character design is admittedly very strong. The film is not hilarious, but quite funny in its own right.

Cracked Ice is weaker in its second half, but very amusing in its characters and interactions, very well animated and also quite positively crazy.

My Rating – 3.7

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