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The Magic Fluke (1949)

UPA had just taken over the cartoon production for Columbia and their influence shows vividly on this Fox-and-Crow entry that lets the slapstick be a result of a 'human-nature' story. The ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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UPA had just taken over the cartoon production for Columbia and their influence shows vividly on this Fox-and-Crow entry that lets the slapstick be a result of a 'human-nature' story. The Fox and Crow have a band-act in a nightclub, but the Fox walks out on his partner when he gets the position of a symphony-orchestra conductor. The Fox becomes famous while his old partner is on skid row, cold and hungry. One night, the Crow appears backstage at the concert Hall and hands a magician's wand to the Fox as he goes onstage. Using the wand as a baton, everything that can go wrong goes wrong for the snooty maestro, and the audience begins to boo. Crow then makes his stage entry and saves the day with his one-man band routine. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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24 March 1949 (USA)  »

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Included in the 3-disc DVD set "UPA: The Jolly Frolics Collection," released 15 March 2012 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. See more »

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Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #1.6 (1989) See more »

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Second short done by UPA for Columbia and the second Academy Award nomination for UPA!
4 October 2002 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

In the late 1940s, Columbia decided to farm out the production of their animated shorts and UPA offered to do them. Columbia had visions of just continuing along the same lines as before and do cartoons heavily weighted towards the standard talking anthropomorphic animals and made it clear they wanted the Fox and Crow characters to continue. UPA really didn't want to just do the same old thing, but needed the contract, so the first two shorts they made were Fox and Crow, but both were atypical of the series Columbia had done previously. This is the second (and last) Fox and Crow UPA made and both are very good. The third short UPA made proved so popular (and more lucrative for Columbia) that they saw the light and gave UPA their head and let them do pretty much what they wanted, as long as it made a profit. The third cartoon? Ragtime Bear, which featured the first appearance of one Quincy Magoo and the rest,as they say, is history. Magic Fluke is a funny, well animated marvel and worth watching. Recommended.


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