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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Where, Oh Where, Has My Little Dog Gone?
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A lot of fun
2 December 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I don't see Cracked Ice as one of my absolute favourites, the plot is minimal and the ice skating gags are not that much new, in fact they are on the generic side (though they still manage to generate some amusement). However, the animation is great with bright colours and some interesting camera angles. The character designs are not bad either. The music is just as wonderful, I love the luscious orchestration and its energy. The highlight is the Blue Danube sequence at the start, love the music itself and the harmonies were very clever. The gags manage to be very funny, especially the ones with the magnet and the radio feud. The ice skating gags are not that much new but still manage to generate some amusement, which to me is what matters more. The characters are memorable, especially the caricature of WC Fields. The voice work from the ever dependable Mel Blanc is faultless.

All in all, a lot of fun but not what I call an exceptional cartoon. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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