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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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sailing north
19 March 2010 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

As was Tex Avery's style during his Warner Bros. tenure, he uses "Land of the Midnight Fun" to spoof travelogues and newsreels. This one focuses on a voyage to the Arctic, replete with gags: the ship hugs the coastline, an Eskimo rubs lipstick on her nose to "kiss" her beau, and a timber wolf shouts "Timber!". But the cartoon's true high point is the rotoscoped figure skater. She was really hot! Cartoons like these serve as reminders why Tex Avery was WB's top animation director in the late '30s. He led the studio's animation department away from the Disney-style "cuteness" that they probably would have taken otherwise. Really funny.

Like I said, that figure skater was ONE HOT BABE!!!!!!

PS: The end gag was topical humor. It was the Trilon from the 1939 World's Fair in New York.


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