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Shinbone Alley (1970)

A newspaper man is reincarnated as a cockroach and makes friends with a free-spirited female alley cat.

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Mehitabel (voice)
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Archy (voice)
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Big Bill (voice) (as Allen Reed Sr.)
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Joan Gerber ...
Sal Delano ...
Beatnik Spider (voice)
Ken Sansom ...
Rosie the Cat (voice)
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A newspaperman jumps in the river to drown himself. He reappears as a cockroach, who finds he can still type by jumping up and down on the keys of a typewriter. He is in love with Mehitabel, the office cat. He writes poetry to her, and tries to keep her on the straight and narrow. Big Bill the Alley tom cat is Mehit's heart-throb, and Archy's nemesis. She has kittens, and archy declares war in a George Herriman sequence. Written by John D.Wilson <FinartsFilm@aol.com>

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I Am Only a Poor Humble Cockroach
Music by George Kleinsinger
Lyrics by Joe Darion
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Two great tributes
30 November 2002 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

Okay, so there's better (far better!) animation out there. And the music is to kill for. (Not 'die for;' kill for.) Not even Carol Channing can save it. But 'Shinbone Alley' is special in its tributes to a great writer, Don Marquis, and an even greater cartoonist, George Herriman. The story is true to Marquis's "Archy" poems; the depiction of the footloose Mehitabel is right on target. The newcomer to Archy and Mehitabel would do well to read some of Marquis's newspaper columns and poetry before tackling the film. The effort won't be wasted.

The real surprise to me, though, was the cartooning style of Herriman, eminently featured in mid-film. It's a treat no Krazy Kat fan should miss.


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