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This is perhaps Tex Avery's best cartoon, and it's because it has something one would not think of looking for in a cartoon, let alone one by Avery. That secret ingredient is logic. Yes, logic. This is a very logical cartoon, not because it presents realistic action (it certainly does not), but because the action - unreal as it is - follows a logical progression, and it's all the funnier for it. The cartoon has a very simple concept: a white kitten, harassed by a guffawing bulldog, hires the services of Bad Luck Blackie. With one blow of a whistle, Blackie crosses the bulldog's path and gives him bad luck - i.e., something drops from the sky and hits him on the head. The entire film is comprised of variations of this simple scenario, normal procedure for Avery. But rather than merely repeat the gag ad nauseam, Avery builds up the situation to a crescendo of outlandishness. With each scene, the objects become larger and more unlikely - from a simple flowerpot, to a piano, a lit bomb, a fire hydrant, and on and on until...let's just say that Avery doesn't stop at the proverbial kitchen sink. The dog tries to stop Blackie by any means necessary - good luck charms, setting traps - but always he succumbs to the inscrutable logic of the situation; whenever the whistle is blown, Blackie passes by and the dog gets conked. No matter who blows the whistle, no matter where the dog is, the result is always the same: whistle=black cat=conk! Finally, the dog gets the upper hand by applying some logic of his own. If a black cat causes bad luck, painting the cat white negates the effect, and that is just what he does. Unfortunately, the reverse is also true, so the kitten paints himself black and saves his hero and gets revenge on his tormentor at the same time. Anyone else would have ended the cartoon right then and there, but Avery gives us one more twist, one that is ridiculous, yet still in keeping with the logic established early on. (Think Pavlov) If this film teaches us anything (besides being kind to kittens and beware of black cats) is the importance of logic in cartoons. Avery isn't merely laying one gag after another. He is developing the situation, letting it build naturally to a satisfying conclusion. He sets up rules for his characters to follow and bends them without breaking them. The result may be irrational, but it is never illogical, and it's funny as hell.
This wonderful Tex Avery short has all the ingredients for a successful cartoon, protagonistic cats, antagonistic dogs, and falling anvils. As in most Avery vehicles, the jokes come rapid fire, all which will leave you in stitches. One of the masters best works.
This Tex Avery effort is virtually a crash course-pun intended-on how to make a Tex Avery cartoon. Take a wholly unsympathetic villain (in this case, a bully), add a victim ( a cute little kitten), show the bully in action and then set up a means for the bad guy to get what they deserve and then some, making certain that there's room for roughly 5,306 sight gags along the way. Tex Avery created or helped develop Bugs Bunny, Droopy, Screwy Squirrel and Chilly Willy, to name a few. Many of his cartoons centered around that basic outline, with some variation. Sight gags, sight gags and more sight gags. Most recommended.
There's a lesson to be learned here..but who cares? Don't mess around with the little cat, Spike..even after the bad luck inherent in the noir feline is negated by a dousing of white paint, fate learns to associate bad luck with a whistle..larger and larger objects come into contact with Spike's noggin, and though most would be daunted by the repeated application of anvils, safes and the like to their cranium, this cretinous canine continues causing chaos throughout the film..to the audience's glee.
Bad Luck Blackie is an animated short about an adorable kitten and a
mean bulldog willing to do anything to anger and hurt the kitten.
Luckily, the kitten finds another cat who can cause bad luck to anyone.
With the help of this cat, the bulldog gets a taste of it's own
medicine, and the viewers get even more laughs. It's pretty much your
basic dog chases cat cartoon, but that excellent twist makes it a lot
of fun to watch. From start to finish you'll find that there are tons
of smart ironic jokes and lots of laugh out loud slapstick comedy. I
can honestly say that I don't often laugh out loud or even crack a
smile at these kinds of things, but I found myself trying to control my
laughter as I watched late at night while everyone else in the house
was in bed. It's just a fun little film to make you laugh, and nothing
else. Don't expect writing or acting or anything that you'll remember
for the rest of your lives.
I liked this quite a bit, I think anyone who likes any of this stuff will too. I rate it a seven out of ten.
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This is a pretty good cartoon, but it's not exactly one of Tex Avery's best for MGM. The story begins with a cute little kitten being bullied repeatedly by a sadistic dog. Each time he does something mean to the kitten (such as offering him a saucer of milk with a mouse trap hidden inside), the dog laughs intensely (perhaps TOO intensely--it's a little annoying). Again and again, the kitten is tortured until a black cat comes to his aid. The black cat announced that he is a "bad luck" charm and any time he wants something bad to happen to the dog he should call. And, of course, the dog continues being abusive and the kitten calls again and again for the aid of the black cat. Each time, impossible but funny awful things happen to the dog. The sight gags are cool and the cartoon is entertaining.
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