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Although the premise of this cartoon is extremely simple - a luckless magician wreaks revenge on an obnoxious opera singer with an all-powerful wand - Avery's handling makes it soar. The jokes come thick and fast, the transformations never stop being funny and not a single frame is wasted. Sadly, this cartoon will probably not be shown uncut on television again, hilarious as the gag involving the Inkspots-style vocal turn undoubtedly is - it's politically incorrect! Luckily, MGM did issue this and several other vintage Avery classics on video in the early 1990s, so my advice to you is seek 'em out and laugh your socks off.
This has been one of my favorites since I was a kid. The machinations that Mysto the Magician goes through to upstage Poochini are hilarious. Notice the hair on the film gag? My favorite change is the one near the end where Poochini's a Polynesian (?) dancer and the two rabbits are beside him! One word of warning though - On Cartoon Network, they have cut three of the changes (Chinese, both Blackface) so it's not as good as the uncut version.
For my money, Avery's finest cartoon...for years Avery tried to answer PORKY
IN WACKYLAND, with out full manic success...this surpasses all previous
Avery efforts with wit, sophistication and of course with dropped anvils.
Plus, the satire is razor-sharp.
Avoid the butchered "politically correct" edits on Cartoon Network---seek out the slightly offensive but imposingly hilarious original.
Down and out variety magician gets his own back on haughty opera singer, by changing everything the tenor can sing, technically this is really brilliant, with a soundtrack that must really stretched the MGM orchestra. Unfortunatly the cutbacks in the cartoon department at MGM at the time really show in the lack of backgrounds in this late Avery 'toon, but the quickfire sight gags fall thick and fast to make up for this. As a projectionist working in the cinema, the can containing the print of the film carried a warning that the scene where the hair gets stuck in the gate was an integeral part of the film and should be ignored. Enjoy this great 'toon, and watch out for the rabbits!!!!
Let me first state that I think that Tex Avery is to the animated short what Walt Disney was to the feature-length animated film. So many of the conventions of animated shorts were either started by Avery or so effectively used by him that he gave us the cartoon format that we know and, hopefully, love. And Magical Maestro is vintage Tex Avery-gags fired at the viewer one right after another, most of them hilarious. This is excellent work from a master of a highly under-rated art form. Bravo! Encore!
Tex Avery did for writing cartoons what Mel Blanc did for voicing them. Magical Maestro is yet another of his brilliant concepts. As in almost all of his cartoons, the jokes are non-stop and damn funny, the re-occuring theme of one person making anothers miserable is in full bloom here. Lets hope that an Avery collection is released soon on DVD.
This is a wonderful Tex Avery cartoon. It's very funny and fresh as well as very fast-paced. A singer insults a magician and in turn the magician dresses as the musical director and then uses his magic wand to make lots of crazy and impossible things happen to the singer during the performance. It's completely Tex Avery due to the pacing and humor. There are two problems that keep it from being rated any higher. First, as the 50s arrived, production values on the MGM cartoons (particularly the animation and backgrounds) began to suffer. While this isn't as bad as the later Avery efforts in this regard, the art just isn't up to the standards as earlier Avery classics. Second, it is quite possible that some people could feel offended by the short clip where the singer becomes a black singer (sounding a lot like one of the Mills Brothers). While this isn't the most obvious of racial insults (there were many worse ones during the era), some might not enjoy this or the Chinese characterizations. Don't skip the film, though--that would make you a reactionary idiot.
One of the best gags of the toon, IMHO, is the stray fleck on the film. We've all seen them in old films, but nobody would ever expect what happens with this one!
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. 'Magical Maestro' may fall short of perfection, with cutbacks showing in some background art limitations and a few of the characterisations not being for the faint-hearted, but regardless it is so creative, so entertaining and so cleverly constructed with an amazing soundtrack and Avery's unique animation style still coming through that it is still one of his best. The theme of 'Magical Maestro' is a familiar one, but this is one of the best cartoons to use the theme with a wonderfully unlikely duo of lead characters.
Besides, there are far worse-looking cartoons than 'Magical Maestro' and cartoons that offend much more. Found myself still admiring Avery's character design and the rich colours and also admiring that the uncut version didn't play it too safe.
The two lead characters have terrific comic timing and have the endearment factor, particularly Poochini. The voice acting throughout shows the likes of Daws Butler and Carlos Ramirez at the top of their game.
Avery does a wonderful job directing, with his unique, unlike-any-other visual and characteristic and incredibly distinctive wacky humour styles all over it as can be expected.
Once again there is nothing sadistic or repetitious, instead it's imaginative, wonderfully wild and hilarious with some inspired transformations and caricatures.
Limited backgrounds aside, the animation is colourful with some inventive expressive moments. The music, courtesy of Scott Bradley, is lushly and cleverly orchestrated, with lively and energetic rhythms and fits very well indeed, while the pre-existing music choices (including "Largo Al Factotum", perhaps the most famous operatic aria in animation) are even more amazing and used so well in providing a lot of the humour.
In conclusion, musical magic. 9.5/10 Bethany Cox
I first remember watching this particular cartoon as a kid visiting New York at an electronics store whose wall of TVs were on a particular channel that showed this particular cartoon. What I saw that day was so hilarious I was enthralled throughout the whole six minutes I was watching it. In a nutshell, a magician dog attempts to get into an opera-singing bulldog's stage only to get thrown out. Needless to say, this magician doesn't take it lying down and then takes the conductor's place causing lots of chaotic things to happen on stage! Watching this again on YouTube just now, I still found plenty to laugh at despite now knowing the offensive stereotypes involving Asians and African-Americans that are partially presented here. So on that note, I highly recommend Magical Maestro.
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