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I Go Pogo (1980)

PG  |   |  Animation, Comedy  |  1 August 1980 (USA)
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Pogo the Possum attempts to run for President with help of his fellow animal friends.

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Porky Pine / Molester Mole / Wiley Catt (voice)
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Deacon Mushrat (voice)
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Miz Beaver / Miss Mam'selle Hepzibah (voice)
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Jimmy Breslin ...
P.T. Bridgeport (voice)
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Churchy LaFemme (voice)
Bob McFadden ...
Howland Owl / Bothered Bat (voice)
Len Maxwell ...
Bewitched Bat / Seminole Sam / Narrator (voice)
Bob Kaliban ...
Bewildered Bat (voice)
Marcia Savella ...
Miz Beetle (voice)
Mike Schultz ...
Fremount the Boy Bug (voice)
Skip Hinnant ...
Pogo Possum (voice)
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Pogo the Possum attempts to run for President with help of his fellow animal friends.

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Fully Animated in FLEXIFORM See more »

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Animation | Comedy

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I Go Pogo: The Movie  »

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Animators believed the film would be released four months prior to the 1980 election accompanied by a $1 million promotional budget and a national "Pogo for President" write-in campaign. Distributor 21st Century Communications broke all their promises and only released it as a video rental through Fotomat huts. See more »

Quotes

Miz Beaver: Say albert, isn't that a plumber's helper you're mixin' with?
Albert the Alligator: I ain't no snob! I'd even mix with a congersman's aide if... if I thought it'd help!
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References Harper Valley P.T.A. (1978) See more »

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Convention Time
Written by Gary Baker and Tom Flora
Performed by Dr. Hook, Glass Moon and chorus
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None of the charm of the source material
15 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Much as I love the concept of an animated version of "Pogo," this movie falls flat in too many ways.

First, the decision to use stop-motion as the animation technique really doesn't do the characters any justice; the Okefenokee folk were never meant to be rendered in anything resembling 3D, and look very unlike their comic strip counterparts here.

Second, Marc Paul Chinoy made a mistake of just adapting a slew of 1952 strips (from the original "Pogo For President" storyline) and a few 1960 strips to form the bulk of his screenplay, without updating them. (For example, the whole "reluctant candidate" theme was a stab at 1952's Democratic candidate, Adlai Stevenson, who didn't want the job but let himself be drafted. The reluctance jokes didn't translate into 1980, or any election since.) Where he wrote original material (like the fun fair sequence), it became obvious that he didn't really know or understand the characters.

The movie does have a few good things to recommend it. The voice cast is top drawer, with Vincent Price, Jonathan Winters, Stan Freberg, Arnold Stang, Ruth Buzzi, Bob McFadden, and Skip Hinnant all turning in top notch work. The songs (especially Dr. Hook's "Hard To Be A Friend") are pretty good; I almost wish there had been a soundtrack release instead of a video. These two factors alone account for the stars I give this film.

This isn't a good movie, or a good adaptation of the comic strip, but is pretty close. It would be nice to see what it could have become in more competent hands.


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