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Car of Tomorrow (1951)

A series of demonstrations of the kind of motoring accessories we'll all take for granted in the future...

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A humorous look at the possible future of automotive technology from the Tex Avery team of animators. Predicted developments include gadgets aimed at children, female drivers, young drivers, backseat drivers, tailgaters, road hogs (and their victims) and parking-space hunters. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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All God's Chillun Got Rhythm
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Tex Avery's exploration of motoring
20 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

Love animation, it was a big part of my life as a child, particularly Disney, Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry, and still love it whether it's film, television or cartoons.

Also have much admiration for Tex Avery, an animation genius whose best cartoons are animated masterpieces and some of the best he ever did. 'Car of Tomorrow' may not be one of his very best, only because his masterpieces were so many, more so than most other animation directors. Occasionally, limitations show in some of the backgrounds (in comparison to his cartoons from the 40s), but actually a vast majority of the animation is very good. As said in my review for 'Cellbound', when Avery was not at his best he still fared much better than most other animation directors at their worst, some can only dream of having their best work on the same level as the masterpieces from Avery.

Have not seen all Avery's work, though that's my goal as of now, but as of now have yet to see anything "bad" from him, even if there are perhaps a few very early efforts that are not at his usual top standard.

Some limited backgrounds and some unrefined drawing aside, the animation has a lot of colourful colours and expressive, inventive drawing and expressions. The music from the always never less than dependable Scott Bradley is lushly and cleverly orchestrated, with lively and energetic rhythms and fits very well indeed, a lot of the action is even enhanced by the music.

'Car of Tomorrow' is one of those cartoons that is very funny, with plenty of clever, imaginatively timed gags that really deliver on the humour, and also manages to be very informative and educational with its demonstrations without preaching. Despite being made over 60 years ago, the subject and what the cartoon says actually feels ahead of its time and somewhat current are very much relevant today, or at least to me it did.

Expectedly, Avery fares very strongly in the directing, even if other cartoons show off his unique wild and wacky style a little more.

The characters carry 'Car of Tomorrow' very nicely and June Foray (one of the most talented voice artists of that era and ever) is characteristically great.

Overall, great. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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