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Tubby the Tuba (1947)

Passed  -  Animation | Short | Comedy  -  11 July 1947 (USA)
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In this puppetoon, the tuba is dissatisfied with his role in an orchestra of self-playing instruments; he meets a bullfrog who gives him some good advice.

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In this puppetoon, the tuba is dissatisfied with his role in an orchestra of self-playing instruments; he meets a bullfrog who gives him some good advice. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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TUBBY THE TUBA {Short} (George Pal, 1947) ***
4 February 2014 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This is the last of four Oscar-nominated "Puppetoons" I watched as part of my ongoing Academy Awards marathon to commemorate George Pal's birthday. It is the most Disney-ish of the lot, involving an anthropomorphic orchestra. During rehearsal, a number of instruments get to play pretty melodies – while the tuba only supplies monotonous accompaniment; he pines for a chance at his own showpiece, but is ridiculed by the others for deluding himself. He goes off into the forest and runs into a frog, who teaches him that even an unattractive object can stand out from the crowd; rejoining the band, he breaks into a melody – surprising his colleagues who, after the initial shock, spontaneously join in and cheer the tuba's new-found strength. As with much of the era's animation, there is a moral at the heart of the narrative and it is usually a celebration of diversity and inner beauty. For the record, the TV-sourced credits in the copy I watched off "You Tube" misspell the title of this one as TUBBY THE TUBBA!


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