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Lights Fantastic (1942)

Approved | | Family, Animation, Short | 23 May 1942 (USA)
A tour of the bright lights of New York City, where the various advertising signs come to life.

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(as I. Freleng)

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(story) (as Sgt. Dave Monahan)
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A tour of the bright lights of New York City, where the various advertising signs come to life.

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The title is a reference to the phrase "Trip the Light Fantastic" See more »

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My Wild Irish Rose
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Written by Chauncey Olcott
Sung during the Four Noses bit as "My High Polished Nose"
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Entertaining but derivative
2 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

This cartoon is a good example of the fact that while Friz Freling was technically excellent, he was possibly the least imaginative of the directors in the Warner's stable. Lights Fantastic is essentially a rehash of _Billboard Frolics(1935)_(qv) and showcases Freling's tendency to recycle gags in multiple films. This is not to say that Lights Fantastic isn't entertaining - it is and it gives you a chance to enjoy Freling at his technical best, but it also reveals the dichotomy inherent in the canon of his work.

Another reused routine (appearing for the second time in _Show Biz Bugs (1957)_(qv)) is the trained performing pigeons that flew out the theater window instead of doing their act. _Bugs And Thugs(1954)_(qv) and _Bugsy And Mugsy (1957)_ both have material cribbed from _Racketeer Rabbit(1946)_(qv). Yosemite Sam stands out as Freling's best creation, from his introduction in _Hare Trigger (1945)_(qv) to the mid 1950's when the character ran out of steam.


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