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Little Pancho Vanilla (1938)

Little Pancho Vanilla dreams of becoming a bullfighter, but his mother tells him that's impossible. The greatest bullfighter in Mexico, Don Jose, is coming to town; Pancho tells the local ... See full summary »

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Little Pancho Vanilla dreams of becoming a bullfighter, but his mother tells him that's impossible. The greatest bullfighter in Mexico, Don Jose, is coming to town; Pancho tells the local women he's better, so he goes to the amateur tryout, but he gets thrown out because he's so small. The bull quickly disposes of the other amateurs, sending one over the fence, where he catapults Pancho into the ring right on top of the bull, knocking out the bull to great acclaim from the crowd. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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The story of Little Pancho Vanilla the bullfighter...
14 November 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Not one of Frank Tashlin's best and has never been a personal favourite. That doesn't mean that Little Pancho Vanilla is bad, far from, while it is predictable and at times stereotypical it is fun, clever stuff. The best thing was definitely the camera work/angles, the overlays, panning and shots are really striking and cleverly composed, the standout being the shot of Pancho's sisters when they are first introduced. Tashlin was very young when he did this cartoon and the skill in his directing here and in any of his cartoons are nothing short of remarkable. The animation itself is crisply drawn and colourful, a good example being when the bull reloads its tail and charges around like a sports car. Carl Stalling's music is lush and characterful, and it's a great match to the visuals too, actually not just matching them but enhancing them too. The sisters' singing is very childish-sounding but that was the intent and it's part of the character of the music. The gags are humorous and the action between Pancho and the bull is intense and exciting(especially at the end, even if you do have a strong inkling of how the cartoon is going to end). The two characters carry the cartoon and play off one another very well, and the supporting characters while not as prominent are convincing in some shape and form. Mel Blanc's voice work is good and well suited to the titular character, but he has been much better before admittedly with a kind of settling in vibe(this was done very early in his career as a voice actor). In conclusion, predictable and with some stereotypical elements, but funny, intense, well-animated and characterfully scored with some truly impressive camera work. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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