A bootle beetle elder tells the story of Morris, the moose about the size of a rabbit. Thunderclap the moose is taking on all challengers, and Morris decides to try, much to the amusement ... See full summary »
The and the history of a cute , simple, little house that used to live on a little hill on the countryside and how different times and ages passed by it from the classic time to the modern ... See full summary »
An owl teaches his class full of birds about melody. It's all around in nature. Only birds and man can sing; man "sings" even when he speaks. We see a quick survey of the stages of life, as... See full summary »
Charles A. Nichols
Loulie Jean Norman,
Two stylized nursery rhymes are shown. First is "The House That Jack Built" as told with a variety of characters composed of letters that spell out their names (Example: the cow is made up ... See full summary »
Professor Ludwig von Drake plays a variety of popular music, all of which he wrote. First, ragtime: the Rutabaga Rag, with vegetables dancing in stop-motion. Next, the Charleston, with ... See full summary »
Flannery is a station master who does everything by the book. One day, a package of guinea pigs arrives at his station. Flannery assumes by their name that they are pigs but one customer, ... See full summary »
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It's a peaceful day at the local poultry farm until Foxy Loxy happens along intent on a chicken dinner. He takes the advice of a book on psychology by striking "the least intelligent" first... See full summary »
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The Pelican and the Snipe has a lot of things going for it, it's not perfect and not a favourite but it is very good nonetheless. Personally I was mixed on the narration, it is very well written, is entertaining and humorous and Sterling Holloway voices brilliantly, but sometimes the short did feel over narrated, we didn't need to know everything that was going on because we could see it for ourselves. For example telling us that Monte is a somnambulist when we can clearly see it. The Pelican and the Snipe is very well-animated though, with vibrant as well as atmospheric colours and fluid background art, and the music is lushly orchestrated without being syrupy and there is plenty of character and energy without being at odds with the serious overall tone of the short. The story, apart from a couple of heavy-handed moments, has its charm and the friendship between Monte the pelican and Vidi the Snipe is unlikely but quite touchingly depicted, and in a way that is very much relevant now. It has a point and message to make and makes it without talking down to the audience too much. And Monte and Vidi are both believable characters that anybody can identify with, their friendship is believably done as well. Overall, sometimes over narrated and a touch heavy-handed at times but well-animated, relatable, solidly written, surprisingly relevant and well-scored. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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