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The Critic (1963)

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Mel Brooks is an old man watching abstract animations. He doesn't understand them, so he heckles with strange commentary, to the annoyance of those around him.

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Mel Brooks is an old man watching abstract animations. He doesn't understand them, so he heckles with strange commentary, to the annoyance of those around him. Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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What da H--- is Dis? Dis is from the FUNNIEST short of the century! See more »


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20 May 1963 (USA)  »

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Old Man from Russia: What the hell is this? Must be a cartoon.
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What an annoying little film--and it won an Oscar!?
14 February 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a truly unique film that you'll either love or hate. Judging by my score, you can pretty much guess where I stand. Oddly, it won the Oscar for Best Cartoon in 1964 and I am just assuming it must have been a very, very slow year for animation.

Mel Brooks narrates as all kinds of shapes bounce about the screen (i fact, this is all you see during the film). He talks like a cranky old man who loves to "kvetch" (yiddish for "complain") about the film. It's basically like taking an old guy to an art film or modern art gallery and let him loudly proclaim how stupid this all is. A funny idea--maybe. But, after only four minutes, I was getting sick of the whole thing--listening to this mess was just a pain and beat the idea like the proverbial dead horse.

Watch it for yourself and see--just don't be surprised if you, too, find the whole thing very tedious.


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