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Little Pancho Vanilla (1938)

Approved  |   |  Family, Animation, Short  |  8 October 1938 (USA)
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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 ... 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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Lady of Havana
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Written by Paul Van Loan, Jack Val and Saul Bernie
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A laugh-bereft Disney imitation
9 January 2009 | by (Lincoln, England) – See all my reviews

Frank Tashlin's 'Little Pancho Vanilla' is a slow-moving, joke-bereft cartoon about a little Mexican boy who wants to become a bull fighter. Presented in eye-catching bright colours, the characters are conspicuously Disney-esquire with their wide eyes and pudgy cheeks. The pacing of the cartoon is also similar to a Disney short, inviting the audience to drink in the visuals and consider the plot as a secondary concern. Unfortunately, at this early stage the Warner cartoons were not always as sumptuous to look at as Disney's intricate works and 'Little Pancho Vanilla' is an example of this, coming across as a weak imitation rather than a work of originality. The Warner Bros. cartoons have always and will always be my favourite cartoons of animation's golden age and it's always disappointing to run across one of the early works that aimed to ape Disney, resulting in ambitious but not always successful designs and not many gags. 'Little Pancho Vanilla' is clearly an example of such a cartoon, offering zero laughs and very little to recommend it other than its minor historical significance.


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