Willie Whopper dreams he has been lifted like a toy balloon into outer space.

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Willie Whopper dreams he has been lifted like a toy balloon into outer space.

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11 November 1933 (USA)  »

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Edited into The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story (1999) See more »

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I wish all of Iwerks' cartoons were this good!
4 February 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Ub Iwerks was a very, very valuable employee in the early years of the Disney Corporation. He and Walt Disney created the first Mickey Mouse cartoons and only in recent years have the Disney folks talked much about Iwerks and his contributions. After all, the myth the Corporation has promoted is that Walt himself was THE company back in the day. However, Iwerks was hugely responsible for the success of the Mouse. Unfortunately, he also must have felt that he didn't get enough money and recognition and left Disney not long after. Then for several years he ran his own company and produced cartoons...most of which are sickeningly sweet and dull...but with excellent animation. "Stratos-Fear" is different in that it has the really nice animation but also has a story worth your time. However, I recommend you DON'T watch if you have an extreme fear of going to the dentist!

When the story begins, Willie goes to the dentist and he's scared to death. And, based on how this weirdo looks and acts, you can't blame poor old Willie! Soon, he's strapped into the chair and given gas...and then Willie imagines he's flying into outer space. What follows is almost like an LSD trip...weird and trippy to say the least. But, most importantly, it's fun!

Apart from the bizarro language the aliens used, I liked this one. It was highly original and had a nice punchline at the end. If Iwerks had made many more films of this quality, no doubt his company would have lasted and he wouldn't have returned to work for Disney just a few years later.


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