A cruise to Nome, Alaska, starts with some cruise-ship jokes: the ship pulls out of the harbor like a car, raising anchor also raises the front of the boat, the ship follows the coast by ...
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A cruise to Nome, Alaska, starts with some cruise-ship jokes: the ship pulls out of the harbor like a car, raising anchor also raises the front of the boat, the ship follows the coast by curving around it. On arrival, we see some local scenes: A penguin eats two fish, then is eaten by the third; the dogs of a dog sled stop (behind an iceberg) at a telephone pole; a timber wolf goes around shouting "Timber!" Two Eskimos rub noses: in preparation, the woman applies lipstick to her nose. Finally, an Eskimo nightclub (after all, the nights are six months long) features a rotoscoped ice skater. The ship leaves, and gets caught in the fog near New York; when the fog clears, we see the ship is perched atop the World's Fair Trilon. Written by
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Watch this and compare it to see how Tex Avery evolved....
For a cartoon from 1939, this one isn't bad and it holds up reasonably well. However, many viewers who love classic cartoons would be shocked to hear that it's from Tex Avery--a man who created some of the most wonderful cartoon shorts of the 1940s and 50 with MGM. However, before this he worked for Warner Brothers/Looney Tunes and his films are much different. Some of this is because Avery hadn't fully developed his bizarro sensibilities with cartoons and part of it was because Looney Tunes simply was afraid to let him make the sort of strange cartoons he wanted to make. As a result, "Land of the Midnight Sun" is amazingly conventional for an Avery outing...and filled with ultra cornball jokes. They aren't all bad and the animation is nice...but when you compare this to such Avery classics as "Swingshift Cinderella" (made just a few years later), it comes up wanting. Worth seeing...and worth skipping. And, by the way, penguins do NOT live in the Arctic! Additionally, the object the ship is resting on is the iconic Trilon of the 1939 New York World's Fair.
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