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Football Now and Then (1953)

An old man and his grandson watch a football game between a modern team and a team of old-timers.






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Grand Pa (voice)


An old-timer tells his grandson that old-time football players could take a modern team, so we see a game with just that match-up: Bygone U. vs. Present State. More specifically, the Bygone U. team of 11 vs. Present State's dozens of special squads and support personnel. Even the stadium, fans, and press are modern vs. old-time. The game is close, and fiercely fought. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Release Date:

2 October 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fotboll förr och nu  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Even non-football fans will find themselves hugely entertained
17 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

Speaking as one myself, and it has always been the case. The sport just doesn't excite me, the atmosphere with the rowdiness and constant shouting sets my teeth on edge and when attempting it and the couple of attempts to play it (in primary school) saw me struggling to understand the rules and the moves.

That didn't stop me from thoroughly enjoying 'Football Now and Then'. While it is not one of Disney's very best (speaking as an enormous fan of them, both films and their cartoon shorts), it is up there with their most entertaining and creative of the early 50s. The only criticism this reviewer has of 'Football Now and Then' is that some of the pacing is on the rushed side. That said, the short does perfectly capture the atmosphere and, for fans, the thrill, danger and excitement of the sport.

'Football Now and Then' does contain some stylised animation, but the good news is that it is not bad-looking stylised animation at all. It is very nicely drawn, the movement is smooth, the backgrounds have a good amount of detail and it's all vibrant in colour. Not to mention some of it is quite inventive. The music score is full of character and energy, displaying also a mastery of orchestration in how it should sound and be used and the ability to not only complement and synchronise with the action but add to it.

It's a very funny short too, often hilarious. The gags are numerous and come by thick and fast and while some fare better than others all of them work regardless. The story diverts and thrills, even enticing non-fans, displaying a great deal of invention and creativity. The ending is indeed wonderfully strange, and the characters add to the fun.

All in all, hugely entertaining even for someone who isn't a fan of football at all. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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