Art Gallery
Studio: MGM Release Date : May 13, 1939
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Synopsis

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Caricatures

Ned Sparks
Joe E. Brown

Credits

Director

Hugh Harman

Music Sources

Liszt, Franz : "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 "


Distributor(s)

MGM

Laserdisc (CLV)

United States

MGM Cartoon Classics: Happy Harmonies

Technical Specifications

Running Time: 8:52
MPAA No.: 5214
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Color Type: Technicolor
Sound Type: Mono: Western Electric Sound System
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Original Language: English
Original Country: United States

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From Gnik_LJN :

The short is another one of those "gallery comes to life" shorts of the 30s done by either the Warners or MGM. The main motive for this short is given to a statue of Nero that decides to burn the picture of Rome with a match. The first third endulges in the spectacle of art coming to life like a lot of contemporary shorts, who don't exactly interact with each other as they seem to just react to the Good Little Monkeys resisting to help Nero. Nero takes a lot of time to build his fake pathos to coerce the monkeys into helping. It is a bit slow but the process of paintings coming to life does give a sense of surrealism, especially with a mop becoming a maestro... who disappears from the short; I wanna see the mopstro do more stuff! Then the middle portion is just those monkeys fiddling with incendiary equipment, which essentially halts the short for two minutes. Nothing really funny comes out of their drunken (with lighter oil) antics until they can hic a fire out of their mouths. The third part is the big highlight for me; Nero succeeds, the fire reaches "Rome", and all hell breaks loose. The characters' reactions are still not too far fetched from a Disney fare of the time, but nearly every scene from this point on, involving a living art piece, is a giant pun, with a "siren" blaring, a "Henry V8" car getting overheated, a "Whistler's Mother" giving off steam exhaustions (Might be animated by Irv Spence). The music picks up the pace too, now full of dynamic anxiety. So overall I say this short is kinda uneven, but worth watching for the climax.
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