To the tune of The Nutcracker, a number of elves do all the work in a shoe shop.

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To the tune of The Nutcracker, a number of elves do all the work in a shoe shop.

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"Holiday for Shoestrings" is a pun on the popular instrumental "Holiday for Strings". See more »

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Grand Galop Chromatique
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Music by Franz Liszt
Played when the elf nails down the sole toward the beginning
Also played when the waffle iron and jack are used on shoes
Also played when the cobbler tries to sneak out to play golf
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Light on plot but high on entertainment
14 October 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

While not quite among Fritz Freleng's masterpiece, though the man did so many great cartoons, 'Holiday for Shoestrings' is still wonderful stuff.

For what it lacks in plot, saying that the cartoon's light on it in fact is being generous, it more than makes up for in its entertainment value, terrific animation and some of the best use of classical music of any cartoon seen recently. The animation is simply terrific, with gorgeously vibrant colours, backgrounds that are rich in detail and the characters are smoothly drawn.

'Holiday for Shoestrings' is very funny stuff as well, all visual and gag driven with no dialogue or voices. The Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy bits are particularly hilarious, while the cartoon deserves a lot of credit for giving enough variety to the running gag with the two elves to not make it feel stale or repetitive. The ending couldn't have been a more beautiful or clever twist on a story as old as 'The Elves and the Shoemaker'.

The characters are endearing, but the best asset is easily the music, all pre-existing and brilliantly arranged by Carl Stalling. Tchaikovsky with 'The Nutcracker' dominates, but there are also healthy doses of Chopin, Strauss, Mendelssohn and Liszt. The music itself is magnificent and how it's utilised in 'Holiday for Shoestrings' makes it even more special, the synchronisation of gag and music is a seamless match throughout.

Overall, light on plot but high on entertainment and quality. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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