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Land of the Midnight Fun (1939)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Tex Avery ...
Alaskan Timber Wolf (voice) (uncredited)
Sara Berner ...
Chicken (voice) (uncredited)
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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 Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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25 September 1939 (USA)  »

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Au pays du soleil de minuit  »

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Spoofs Norway: Land of the Midnight Sun (1933) See more »

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The Old Folks at Home
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Music by Stephen Foster
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Land Of The Midnight Puns.
18 June 2010 | by (Hialeah, Florida) – See all my reviews

I'm not sure if this is among several WB/Merrie Melodies featurettes I saw when I was younger/little at any point on any channel they aired. I don't remember already seeing this one on t.v. as well as some certain others. But I played/viewed this on Youtube months ago and I think this probably (or possibly) just may be my most favorite of the travelogue/newsreel series and one of my faves coming out of this particular animation company/studio from the '30s, as well as my favored mini cartoons directed by the late, great Tex Avery. As I paraphrase one of the other reviewers on here and as it reads in the title of my review, this is one of those that rely heavily on gags and puns. I concur, that figure skater is fine. But I also like the timber wolf and everything else about this short really. Perhaps what more I find enthralling is the scenery/cinematography of Alaska, one of many reasons why I love this so much. Also, I concur this is worthy and recommended. I've never seen the brief documentary it lampoons, but maybe I'll do a search for it on Youtube and if available watch it. For those who may not already know this and are interested, this title has been released on DVD as a bonus feature of the John Wayne flick, Allegheny Uprising, which I'd like and I plan to get eventually, more so for this Warners cartoon, since the movie would be new to me. I'd consider this amongst the best of the '30s Warners animated featurettes.Another great short from the classic era!


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