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Heigh-Ho, Silver
5 July 2010 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This is a decent but uninspired bit of musical tomfoolery from the Fleischers, which emphasizes their fondness for popular music of the day by showing a rather bored and disinterested audience viewing a selection of classical songs, including the William Tell Overture in abbreviated form. Bimbo sings a funny take-off of "Gay Caballero" and the comedy construction is adequate to the situation. If there's one thing that the Fleischer studio knew how to do in this period was how to time the gags.

The only thing that is really noteworthy is the elaborate backgrounding. Notice the details of the audience when the hippo begins the first of his excursions from his seat. But while this is not a poor cartoon by any means, it is not worth more than one viewing.


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