Fleischer Studios made a lot of great cartoons, some of them among my favourites, with a good mix of cute, funny and emotional as well as some innovative touches. The Kids in the Shoe is very likable and entertaining but it is not among the best they have done. The cartoon is narratively is thin on the ground and does get off to a slow and rather cutesy start(things are set up nicely though admittedly). The animation is not as colourful(or as innovative) as in other cartoons from Fleischer Studios and lacks smoothness in places at the beginning but there is a certain charm to it, and the animation on the moving shoe is funny and clever. The Kids in the Shoe is quite adorable(especially with the children, in appearance and personality) and a lot of fun, the cartoon really picks up the pace during the big number Mama Don't Low and the rest is a toe-tapping delight. The mother is a good character and Mae Questel voices her well but the children are much more memorable and are brilliantly voiced by Smiley Burnette. The score has the right amount of whimsy and rhythmic energy, have always loved how the Fleischer cartoons' music is orchestrated as well, but the highlight of The Kids in the Shoe is definitely Mama Don't Low, which is one of the catchiest, toe-tapping songs for any cartoon seen recently by me, the lyrics are also hilarious. All in all, starts slowly but from Mama Down Low it's great entertainment. 7/10 Bethany Cox
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