Comments by RareSox

A Dad Cartoon

Look at this and tell me that Chris Savino isn't a knockoff John K. I dare you. You'll see this kind of pacing again in APC.

Tom and Jerry & the Wizard of Oz

I'm gonna post something actually considerate here. I've seen this multiple times before on Cartoon Network. The entire thing acknowledes that it's literally another adaptation of The Wizard of Oz film. So it basically goes on and does it own thing. It makes me bittersweet hearing about this film again because I remember liking this as a child. One of the better direct-to-video movies on my book.

The Goose That Laid a Golden Egg

And I thought Screen Gems was blatant with their rip-offs. This is the lowest form of plagiarism right here. And I'm genuinely surprised DFE didn't get sued by Warner Bros during this time for stealing Golden Yeggs.

Robin Goodhood

The story of Robin Hood has been done to death in the medium of animation, but Robin Goodhood has a lot of concepts that help keep the cartoon fresh and interesting to watch. Leonard Weinrib continues to give it his all in this cartoon, while the animation looks decent for 1970. It isn't really saying that much, since the Roland and Rattfink shorts tend to be a fun time waster for me, but Robin Goodhood comes out as one of the best of the series, and it's quite easy to see why. As for the Jester, he's used as comic relief in this short, and it works, I guess. I suggest finding the short on television in case it ever airs, like MeTV.

Pass the Biscuits Mirandy!

This was only the first Lantz cartoon directed by the legendary Shamus Culhane, and already, you can see plenty of trademarks that you would expect from him, like rapid editing between scenes. The gags are fun and never a bore, but I'm not going to regurgitate my thoughts off aof Tsivc99. If you want to know about this, go read his comment. As for animators, I'd like to suspect that Rudy Zamora was involved in this, as is Les Kline, Laverne Harding, and a credited Paul Smith. Whatever it is, give this fun entry a watch. 8/10

Circus Capers

This ain't Milton, chief It's literally Mickey in upstate New York. Anywho, Van Beuren cartoons aren't remembered very fondly, either because they seem obscured compared to other cartoons in the Golden age of Animation. The only thing people know them for is how James Tyer got his start a the studio, the peak-sickening cutesy cartoons in their Rainbow Parade series, and for blatantly ripping off Mickey Mouse. Circus Capers just so happens to contain the latter. The animation also looks very draft compared to everything else produced at the time, and there isn't really a plot to speak of. You're just better off watching Carnival Capers, an actual Mickey Mouse short, and a far better one, at that. 2/10.

The Office Boy

This short isn't funny as much as it is raunchy, but at the same time, this was released before the Hays Code of 1934 came into the picture. Cartoons were geared towards adults and found themselves playing before a feature, often with a newsreel or a short subject comedy to boot. Before the hays code, films and especially cartoons has had it's fair run of risqué jokes throughout it's lifetime, and The Office Boy is no exception. The animation here is fairly nice for the time, as to be expected from the linear standpoint of the Iwerks cartoons. Not exactly a funny short, but still worth viewing, just for how campy pre-code films could get.

Robin Hood, Jr.

A really fun short about Willie telling the tale of how he saved his gal during ye olden times. The animation is really crisp, as to be expected from a short with Grim Natwick and Berny Wolf as head animators. Even more stunning are the backgrounds, given careful attention to detail, despite being in black and white. It's the song that sells the cartoon to me, being really catchy and easy to get stuck into one's head. Worth a watch if you want to know what Willie's Whoppers were like. Now, you tell one! 8/10.

Naughty But Mice

This short is great for a multitude of reasons. It takes an rather formulaic format of the Cat and Mouse genre, and employs black magic to make the gags stand out as innovative. The short can be sadistic with it's gags at times, but it's usually often played for laughs instead of coming as disturbing to the viewer. It's worth checking out if you're curious to see how Famous tackled the Cat and Mouse formula before phoning things in during the 1950s.

The Fairly OddParents!

If we're coming to the conclusion that The Fairly OddParents were never funny, then you're absolutely right.