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Circus Today (1940)

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A barker guides us through a sideshow, a menagerie, and on to the big top, for a series of typical Avery gags. For example, the trapeze artists, the Flying Cadenzas, literally fly; the lion... See full summary »

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Uncredited cast:
Tex Avery ...
Circus Bandmaster (voice) (uncredited)
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Balloon Vendor / Firewalker / Monkey / Stork / Gorilla / Elephant / Conductor (voice) (uncredited)
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A barker guides us through a sideshow, a menagerie, and on to the big top, for a series of typical Avery gags. For example, the trapeze artists, the Flying Cadenzas, literally fly; the lion puts his head in the tamer's mouth; and the human cannonball flies around the world. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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22 June 1940 (USA)  »

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Referenced in Toonheads: The Lost Cartoons (2000) See more »

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Poet and Peasant Overture
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Music by Franz von Suppé
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Remember: you can walk in midair as long as you don't look down.
19 March 2010 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Once again, Tex Avery pokes fun at American traditions. The target this time is the circus. For example, the balloon seller violates an essential rule of cartoons: if you're in midair and look down, THAT'S when you fall (it's apparently a case of mind over matter). The supposedly tough gorilla turns out to be a nice guy after all*, and one of the trapeze artists turns out not to be so good at his job. The climax is when a man has to dive from a dizzying height.

"Circus Today" wasn't Avery's best blackout gag cartoon, but I think that if a cartoon makes us laugh, then it's good. This one is worth seeing, if only once.

*Gorillas are in fact really calm creatures.


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