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incredible animation for 1924

Author: Mary-18
28 August 2001

This is an excellent cartoon with very good animation. It's hard to believe this was made in 1924, and certainly shows that Walt Disney was an incredibly talented animator. In this cartoon, two cruel dog-catchers catch pooches and heartlessly turn them into sausage until finally a clever detective saves the day. Unfortunately, the only version of this cartoon that I was able to find in the US was greatly edited and included only the animated portion with very little of the Alice sequences, possibly because the Alice segments contained material that is now considered very politically incorrect. What was left was still a charming little cartoon, but had almost no Alice and little live action incorporated into the animation.

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Where's Alice? She's there the whole time!

Author: Nightmarechicken from London, England
11 November 2003

Not sure what film one of the other reviewers has seen - but it can't be "Alice & The Dog Catcher".

Alice (played by Mildred Davis lookalike Virgina Davis - her sister perhaps?) appears throughout - more so than in most Alice cartoons from Disney. The film plays far more like one of the Our Gang comedies from the Hal Roach studio. Animation is limited to a very short section in the middle of the film where Alice tells a story of a cartoon dog-catcher and how she rescued a family of pups from his castle stronghold (no kidding!) Animation is limited but the integration of the live-action Alice is excellent.

The majority of the film (about two thirds) is live action - a parallel tale of Alice and her version of Our Gang (complete with very similar children) and how they rescue a group of dogs from a pair of dog catchers. It comes across more as a live-action silent comedy with a brief animated interlude. Virgina Davis as Alice appears in virtually every scene.

Film ends with a hair-raising car chase, featuring some excellent stunt work plus some rare views of Los Angeles circa 1924. It should also be noted the film features a series of bizarre and distasteful Klu Klux Klan gags at the beginning - very odd.

Interesting to compare this film to the later Mickey Mouse cartoon "The Worm Turns" which also features a dog catcher theme. All in all an unusual Alice cartoon, well worth seeking out for it's curiosity value alone.

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