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Oh What a Knight (1928)

Wandering minstrel Oswald must rescue his lady love from imprisonment.

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Oswald is riding along on his horse having a merry old time when the two of them fall down a hill, right up to a castle. Oswald whistles for the princess, who blows him a kiss as she appears on a balcony. He reaches her by lassoing the balcony and tying the other end of the rope to his horse's tail, using it as a tightrope. A rival knight suddenly appears and Oswald falls off the balcony, startled. He manages to climb back up and the two fight for the princess. Written by jjwbenso

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Oswald the wandering minstrel
26 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

Despite Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and his cartoons being popular and well received at the time, they have been vastly overshadowed over time by succeeding Disney characters (like Mickey, Donald and Goofy) and those from Looney Tunes. It is a shame as, while not cartoon masterpieces, they are fascinating for anybody wanting to see what very old animation looked like and what Disney animation was like before Mickey arrived on the scene.

'Oh What a Knight' is up there as among the best Oswald cartoons, whether THE best is debatable but up this point in the series it is a strong contender along with 'Bright Lights'. The only real faults are the slight and conventional story (done with more imagination and colour in 'Ye Olden Days' five years later, of which that cartoon is somewhat a remake of this) and an occasionally too hectic pace.

The animation is very good on the other hand, it's crisp and fluid enough with some nice detail especially with animation techniques still in early days. The music is lush and energetic, adding a lot rather than distracting and enhances the cartoon's quality even, the use of sound is never static and helps make the action understandable.

Luckily the gags are numerous and also creative, well-timed and never less than amusing. Oswald is a likable lead character, and while the rest of the characters are archetypes essentially they're good support.

In summary, good stuff and one of Oswald's best. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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