Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Title: Always Kickin'
Series: Color CLassic
Running time (of viewed version): 7:11
Synopsis: Young donkey Spunky doesn't want to engage in donkeycise, befriends some birds who are mean to him, and in battling a vulture learns the valuable lesson that he should always be donkeycisen'.
Comments: Hunky and Spunky sound like apes. I'm going to have a fair amount of artefacting on the non Popeye Fleischers, as they're coming from PD comps. Spunky's head is massive, bigger than his body. Why would a vulture (that looks a lot like Spunky, really) tie up a smaller bird? To sacrifice the bird to the vulture god? To pander to the nascent bondage crowd? I can't believe this is the sequel to an Oscar nominated cartoon. There was almost nothing to put into the synopsis. Maybe it's the terrible colors in the print, but this just feels worse than it probably objectively is. And why does the music sound like a '50s Famous Popeye piece? Maybe I'll be surprised and find the contemporary Popeyes sound like this...
Note that this cartoon is in the midst of an extremely busy week. In the period of Monday, January 23 to Saturday, January 28, the majors released 10 cartoons, compared to 7 in the preceding three full weeks of the new year.