Monday, July 19, 2010
Title: The Pointer
Credits: None listed on print
Series: Mickey Mouse
Running time (of viewed version): 8:34
Synopsis: Mickey and Pluto go bird and bear hunting, but end up eating beans.
Comments: The first regular theatrical release of the additionally anthropomorphic Mickey (who, incidentally, appears to be famous within the context of the cartoon, as he tries to get out of trouble using his celebrity). Maybe he started to enter the uncanny valley, which would explain why flesh tone Mickey is significantly more creepy than bloodless Mickey. This initial beige version isn't as bad as it would get later tho. Somehow i think the backgrounds give the impression of more controlled movement than some other Disney cartoons of the year. Mickey's high pitched insults are unpleasant. Reminds me of Dave Chappelle's standup bit using the character (which reflects more on Chappelle's accuracy than anything else). The bear is good looking. Lots of camera movement. Lots of shading on the characters (especially Pluto). I can recall Pluto having to hold still in the face of the quails, and the beans, but I don't really remember the bear bit. Not much happens in the cartoon, but it doesn't really drag. While the painted beans look great, the cel beans have happy lines emanating from the beans. I wonder if the choice between beans and bears was an intentional written pun.