Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Title: Donald's Cousin Gus
Credits: None listed on print
Series: Donald Duck
Running time (of viewed version): 7:32
Synopsis: Donald's cousin Gus comes by and eats and eats and eats and cannot be gotten rid of.
Comments: A big fat idiot cartoon. Big fat idiot cartoons generally suck, and this is no exception. Gus is incapable of speech. One would normally expect him, in the context of speaking-Donald, to be on the menu, or at best a companion animal like Pluto. However, he is a tool user, so apparently that's the test for sentience (or perhaps citizenship) in the Disney universe, not speech. The pea sucking scene is good. Donald keeps joke hot dogs to get rid of guests, but he seems to simply discover them (and reads the tag aloud like a '60s Lantz cartoon) instead of knowing they were there. There's a bit when Gus is eating a spaghetti sock that sounds like Donald is saying "Clever, these Chinese". The captions claim it's "Clever, this child is". However, a Google search for "clever, these chinese" comes up with almost 30,000 hits (earliest on the first page was the title of a story in 1925), as opposed to the clean Yoda version, which only came up with 3 hits, none stand-alone. And there was a 1939 Hoagy Carmichael/Johnny Mercer song called "Darn Clever These Chinese" (tho it wasn't copyrighted until December, so they probably just share a common source in the preexisting saying). The fictional subtitles probably helped to allow the cartoon to pass without too much interference. If taken literally of course, it means either Donald or part of his family is Chinese... The incessant goopy music is irritating in many of the Disney films of the time, including this one.