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18 May 1931 (USA) See more »
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Directed by
Walter Lantz 
William Nolan 
Produced by
Walter Lantz .... producer
Original Music by
James Dietrich 
Animation Department
Ray Abrams .... animator
Tex Avery .... animator (as Fred Avery)
Pinto Colvig .... animator
Clyde Geronimi .... animator
Chet Karrberg .... animator
Les Kline .... animator (as Lester Kline)
Manuel Moreno .... animator

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Crescendo, 26 August 2010
Author: boblipton from New York City

A well composed series of gags run from ones involving simply frame composition all the way out to Keaton-like surrealism in this well-ordered and executed series of gags-on-a-theme Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon from Walter Lantz' cartoon team.

At this time, Disney was plowing all his money back into his cartoons, the Fleischers were giving him stiff competition with their rising starlet Betty Boop and only Harman and Ising's team, releasing through Warner Brothers, knew how to make the words really match the cartoon mouths, so Lantz' team had to rely on good comedy construction.

Like the Fleischers' best cartoons from this period, this is just piling comedy gag on comedy gag. Where it differs slightly is a lack of all the dirt that fills Fleischer cartoons and a progression of gags -- not just more frenetic, leading into the final chase sequence -- a progression into unreality. That gives this a strange sort of plot, and while the way the cartoon gets out of its final dilemma is a cheat, it has the sort of construction that fans of Tex Avery enjoy. So it's no surprise that Tex is credited here, under his real name.

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