It's ice skating time. After a few generic ice-skating gags, we get to the main story. An animal falls through the ice, and a pig doing W.C. Fields (W.C. Squeals, apparently) calls for help... See full summary »

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It's ice skating time. After a few generic ice-skating gags, we get to the main story. An animal falls through the ice, and a pig doing W.C. Fields (W.C. Squeals, apparently) calls for help from a Saint Bernard dog. The dog dispenses a drink, and Squeals begins scheming to get some himself. First he tries faking his own fall through the ice, but the dog sees through it and downs the drink himself. Then Squeals tries using a dish of bones and a magnet, but the magnet falls through the ice and gets stuck around a fish. The fish then swims through a liquor spill from the dog's casket; the drunken fish grabs an ax and, swimming in a circle, dunks another skater. He then latches onto Squeals' skates, and hauls him into an ice-skating contest, where the fish-induced antics win him first prize. Squeals fills the loving cup from the dog's cask, and the fish swims off with it. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Boring and frequently ugly
9 January 2009 | by (Lincoln, England) – See all my reviews

Frank Tashlin's 'Cracked Ice' is an oddly dull one-shot cartoon which stars a W.C. Fields pig who attempts to obtain alcohol from the St, Bernard rescue dog. The first thing I noticed about 'Cracked Ice' is how ugly the character designs are. The pig and St. Bernard aren't too bad but the opening sequences in which we see various animals skating on a frozen pond feature some of the worst drawings I've seen in a Warner cartoon. The main plot of 'Cracked Ice', when it arrives, is rather feeble and the two main characters are so cumbersome that the action is inevitably plodding. The jokes centring around the magnet are the highlight of the cartoon but that same setup has been used to better effect in many cartoons. There's also a good bit where W.C. Squeals (as he is called here) talks directly to an cinema audience member (who sounds like ventriloquist Charlie McCarthy, referencing a long forgotten "feud" between the two celebrities) but this, too, has been better executed in several other shorts. With both look and script severely lacking, 'Cracked Ice' emerges as a clumsy film which, for the most part, bores me rigid.


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