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Tex Avery loved to do spoofs of things and this one was a spoof of Robert Ripley's column/program, "Believe It or Not", where he detailed odd or unusual events, items and the like for his readers' edification. This is Avery doing the same, but Avery's way. The running gag (Avery almost always used one in his shorts) consists of Egghead (Elmer Fudd in the larval stage) periodically showing up to scoff at various claims, saying, "I don't believe it!" The ending is probably the best gag, the rest being either mildly amusing or falling a bit flat, with one or two not working in the slightest. Egghead basically makes this one worth watching. Decent idea, with some funny gags, but the parts are definitely greater than the sum. Average Avery, which means that it's equal to quite a few other directors' better work, but a simple finger exercise for the maestro, Still worth watching. Recommended.
Another of Tex Avery's funny shorts that's basically just a series of gags connected by a single premise, in this case a spoof of Ripley's Believe It or Not. It's notable for being one of the final appearances of Egghead, who pretty much vanished after Elmer Fudd came on the scene. He appears here and there throughout, usually walking across the screen carrying a sign expressing disbelief at whatever's going on behind him. Basically the entire cartoon is one bit after another where, like the Ripley's show, we see different oddball characters that have something unbelievable about them. We have a fat guy whose been drinking fifty quarts of milk a day for two years, a Hindu snake charmer, a bottle ship builder, a hog caller, a "bad boy," the human basketball, a knife thrower, and so on. Most of these gags are corny but I think they were supposed to be, even back then. The highlight is probably the "life on Mars" bit with Buck Dodgers. The animation is beautiful with nicely detailed characters and backgrounds and rich colors. The voice work and music are good. It's not a bad cartoon by any means, just nothing extraordinary. How much you like it will probably depend on how much you like sight gags or how familiar you are with some of the stuff that's being spoofed.
One of Tex Avery's spot-gag-replete Warner Bros. cartoons, "Believe It
or Else" parodies Ripley's Believe It or Not with a series of
improbable occurrences. The star is Elmer Fudd's prototype Egghead, who
doesn't believe any of it. Which of course means that he's got a
Buck Dodgers, while obviously a spoof of Buck Rogers, also brings to mind "Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century". As it is, Buck Dodgers is kind of effeminate (they even got that past the censors!). The Sportsmen Quartet appeared in a few other Warner Bros. cartoons.
So, you'll have to determine for yourself whether or not you believe what the cartoon depicts, but you're sure to find it funny.
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