Friday, April 16, 2010
Title: Small Fry
Series: Color Classics
Running time (of viewed version): (7:42 on 600; 7:58 on Somewhere in Dreamland)
Synopsis: A young fish neglects his school to play pool, but the big fry do not accept him and scare him away with their initiation.
Comments: Two fish cartoons in a row. The cartoon acknowledges the ridiculousness of flowing water under water by simply having a faucet suck in the surrounding environment and then spew it out, somehow now significantly more visible. This is not Fleischer's first cruel initiation cartoons (wanna be member wanna be a member?). I wonder if it was studio policy to paddle newcomers... The cartoon tells the small fry to become a lawyer. The cave scenes with their colored outlines are quite good looking. Tracey Ullman era Homer Simpson's laugh is kinda like that of the first pool hall tough. The song is extremely catchy. I cannot overemphasize how catchy it is.