Thursday, January 7, 2010

002 Soup To Mutts

Title: Soup to Mutts
Studio: Lantz
Date: 01/09/39
Lester Kline
Story - Vin McLeod
Music - Frank Marsales
Geo. Nicholes - Dick Marion
Series: A Walter Lantz "Cartune"
Running time (of viewed version): 7:12

Synopsis: A monkey is throwing a dog show. Things intended to be funny happen (including Wrinklepuss(?) getting mad enough at a bee to walk a tightrope). A cat sneaks in wearing a costume. The cat is exposed and chaos ensues.

Comments: There is a lack of focus to this cartoon. Several threads, nothing coming together. The pretension of being a whole story, of not clearly being a blackout cartoon, is a hindrance. The monkey (one of the Eenie etc. monkeys?). Parade of dogs, including what looks like Elmer from the Oswald cartoons. There is bald repetition of the animation for the cat getting thrown out, immediately following itself, right where you're sure to notice it. There is significant reuse of the stage background, and it is often a short repeat, not an especially long pan. The montage of closeups of the 7 shocked and enraged dogs is quite good tho.

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