The Captain and Inspector are hunting lions in Africa, though their attempts to sneak up are hampered by alarm clocks and squeaky shoes. Fortunately, there's a lion ready for them: it's the...
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The Captain and Inspector are hunting lions in Africa, though their attempts to sneak up are hampered by alarm clocks and squeaky shoes. Fortunately, there's a lion ready for them: it's the boys, dressed in a lion costume, with an "ah-ooga" horn for the roar. They're soon chasing the Captain, when their costume gets stuck and pulled off. The captain comes in to the costume after them, but the boys manage to tie him up. Before long they've run into a real (sleeping) lion. They provoke it (in costume), and get its head stuck in a hollow log. Then they go taunt the Captain again and bring him over to the log, where the lion is still stuck; he whacks it with a board and pulls it out, then tries to remove the costume when the boys walk up behind him. The inevitable chase starts slowly, then speeds into a cave. Written by
Jon Reeves <firstname.lastname@example.org>
An average cartoon in a not terribly memorable cartoon series.
They made 15 or so of these in the late 1930s, when someone had Ye Olde "bright" idea to option the comic strip and make it a cartoon series-just like Fleischer did with Popeye. The concept works better as a strip because the characters are rather one-dimensional, particularly Der Captain. Basically, Der Captain is an idiot studying to be a moron and failing the exams. The character could be held up through the mail. This can work if the character is interesting or funny. Der Captain is neither. The static nature of the character works in one-dimension, but falls flat on screen. He doesn't engage the audience terribly well. I was cheering for the lion at the end. Not a bad cartoon, technically. Just not a terribly entertaining one. The best ones in the series are less focused on Der Captain and more on other characters. Visually very nice. Worth watching, but not great. Recommended.
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