A collection of short gags based on classic nursery rhymes and fairy tales. Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, in her best Katharine Hepburn, tells us how her garden is really doing. Humpty Dumpty ... See full summary »

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A collection of short gags based on classic nursery rhymes and fairy tales. Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, in her best Katharine Hepburn, tells us how her garden is really doing. Humpty Dumpty doesn't completely crack up. Jack and Jill go up the hill and have too much fun to come down. Little Miss Muffet frightens the spider off. The Three Little Pigs give the Big Bad Wolf a bottle of mouth-wash. A parade of wooden soldiers, in perfect formation from the waist up. Starlight, Starbright: A dog gets his wish a tree. Jack be nimble but not quite nimble enough. The old lady in the shoe made the old man very happy. (A gag involving Hiawatha, trimmed from the TV version.) Finally, the night before Christmas, and one stirring mouse tells the other to be quiet. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Referenced in Pigs in a Polka (1943) See more »

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Fun but some gags work better than others
2 October 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Tex Avery was, and is, one of the greatest and most talented animation directors there was with an immediately recognisable visual style (for example you can recognise his character designs anywhere). Also an example of a director where even his lesser efforts have some entertainment value and are interesting enough.

'A Gander at Mother Goose' is not one of his best. Some gags do work better than others, with some of them feeling too rushed and short, almost like throwaway one-jokes. Avery also works better when wilder and more elaborate, 'A Gander at Mother Goose' is solidly paced and it is interesting to see Avery take on a cartoon made up of takes on fairy-tales and nursery rhymes but it is a style that doesn't entirely suit him or play fully to his strengths. It is certainly enjoyable, but for Avery it's also a little bland.

However, there is no denying that the animation is amazing, rich in detail, high in imagination and vibrantly colourful. Same with the music, which sounds wonderful, is orchestrated very cleverly with an ability to be dynamic with the action and there is so much energy and character. Also liked the jazzy arrangements of pre-existing material.

While the gags were variable, there are gags where Avery's style really does shine and are also incredibly funny. The Big Bad Wolf, Jack Be Nimble and that surprisingly daring Humpty Dumpty gags come off best. The characters are lively enough, and there is nothing to complain about the vocal talents.

Overall, enjoyable with amazing animation and music, plus any Tex Avery cartoon is worth a peak even if just for interest value, but for Avery, who works better when wilder and more elaborate, it's also a little bland and inconsistent. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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