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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Circus Bandmaster (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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Marche funèbre (Funeral March)
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
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Tex Avery takes on the circus!
5 February 2002 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This short is a mixed bag, some bits working, others not working. There are inside jokes referencing animators, including a caricature of Bob Clampett in a bit that is hilarious if you know who Clampett is and so-so if you don't (Clampett was still primarily part of Avery's animation team, later becoming one of the best directors at the Warner Brothers animation studio). The closing gag will strike some as tasteless, but I think it's typical and vintage Tex Avery. Well worth seeing. Recommended.


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