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About a Quarter to Nine
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An immensely fun caricature cartoon
27 September 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Although not flawlessly executed, cartoons with a lot of caricatures are potentially problematic, was still mostly very entertaining. A relatively early Looney Tunes/ Merrie Melodies effort for Fritz Freleng, this is not him at his best with his masterpieces coming much better, but there is no mistaking his style and it's hard not to like.

It is agreed that 'The CooCoo Nut Grove' is a little jumbled, it was a lot of fun guessing who was who and seeing some of them as animals (very imaginatively done and actually come off better than the caricatures not presented as animals) but others are still human, and it definitely would have been better if it was one or the other (seeing them as animals would be more inventive) which would have made things a little more focused and less strange.

Most of the caricatures for any classic film fans (count me as one) will be immediately recognisable, and misfires are very few. The caricatures are very funny and the references are of the time somewhat but hold up better today than a fair few other similar cartoons. There are a couple of less familiar ones here too, so they come off less successfully when they go over one's head.

In terms of animation quality, the cartoon is quite beautifully done, with lovingly detailed backgrounds and vibrant colours. The music brims with lively energy and luscious orchestration, not only being dynamic to the action and adding to it but enhancing it as well.

While light on story, the wild and wacky energy more than compensates, as does the voice acting, no Mel Blanc but 'The CooCoo Nut Grove' doesn't suffer in any way without him.

On the whole, immensely fun. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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