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Symphony in Slang (1951)

At the gates of Heaven, the admitting officials have a hard time understanding a newcomer's life story with all his contemporary slang.

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The Hipster / Noah Webster (voice) (uncredited)
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Various saints are logging details of everyone entering Heaven, but because they're a bit out of touch with early 1950s slang, they come up with some very strange impressions of a recently deceased young man's life when he describes it to them. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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16 June 1951 (USA)  »

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's, animation Producer Fred Quimby was originally opposed to making this cartoon. But animation director, Tex Avery, used his witty vocabulary and convinced Quimby, by telling him that there was nothing else ready at the time for animation production, at M-G-M. See more »

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The Hipster: I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth.
[the Hipster's first remark to Noah Webster]
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References The Cuckoo Clock (1950) See more »

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On Green Dolphin Street
Music by Bronislau Kaper
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How's Tricks? What's Cooking? We Find Out In Classic Of Visual Description
25 August 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Rich Hogan and Tex Avery took on cliches and catchphrases in this highly stylized 1951 short on a happy-go-lucky guy who must explain his life story to Angel Webster before being admitted to the hereafter.

The humor comes from the hipster's use of cliches and catchphrases that are hilariously given literal illustration by Avery and company, from getting up with the chickens, slinging hash, being shorthanded, and so forth. The cartoon is not only a masterpiece of visual description, it is a landmark experiment in limited animation, uncharacteristic of Avery for that time as he uses still poses to extract laughs, notably the shorthanded cook, chewing the rag, and going through red tape.

You'll be beside yourself with anger at first, but hotfoot it to see how slang will make you die laughing, even if the cat has your tongue.


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