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Release Date:
23 May 1942 (USA) See more »
A tour of the bright lights of New York City, where the various advertising signs come to life. | Add synopsis »
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Entertaining but derivative See more (9 total) »


  (in alphabetical order)

Mel Blanc ... Eye Test Announcer / Singing Clown / Bus Driver / Man With Cold (voice) (uncredited)
The Mellomen ... Vocalists (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Friz Freleng  (as I. Freleng)
Writing credits
Dave Monahan (story) (as Sgt. Dave Monahan)

Produced by
Leon Schlesinger .... producer
Original Music by
Carl W. Stalling (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Treg Brown (uncredited)
Sound Department
Treg Brown .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
A.C. Gamer .... effects animator (uncredited)
Animation Department
Gil Turner .... animator
Lou Appet .... animator (uncredited)
Richard Bickenbach .... animator (uncredited)
Ken Champin .... animator (uncredited)
Gerry Chiniquy .... animator (uncredited)
Cal Dalton .... animator (uncredited)
Owen Fitzgerald .... layout artist (uncredited)
Paul Julian .... background artist (uncredited)
Manuel Perez .... animator (uncredited)
Music Department
Carl W. Stalling .... musical director
Milt Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
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Additional Details

6 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Approved (PCA #7478)

Did You Know?

The title is a reference to the phrase "Trip the Light Fantastic"See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited from Goofy Groceries (1941)See more »
Frühlingsstimmen, Op. 410 (Voices of Spring)See more »


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0 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining but derivative, 2 August 2004
Author: runar-4 from Milwaukee WI USA

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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