The Phantom of a cheap opera house helps an aspiring singer by putting a phonograph machine down her skirt. When she spurns him for Oswald the Rabbit, the Phantom takes his revenge.

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Late in the evening, just as a skeleton puts out its cat for the night, the masked Phantom stalks the graveyard, pausing only to insult an overly inquisitive owl. The Phantom enters the local opera house and falls in love with Kitty, a feline singer who is terribly jealous of the star of the show, a husky-voiced hippo. The Phantom falls in love with Kitty at first sight. For her sake, he sabotages the hippo (by popping and deflating her). Then he puts a phonograph player down Kitty's skirt. She walks out and pretends the recording is her own voice. Even though the record skips and, moments later, slows down to a stop (forcing the Phantom to crank the machine for her), Kitty is a hit. But does she appreciate the Phantom? No. Backstage, she jumps into the arms of Oswald the Rabbit. Enraged, the Phantom grabs Kitty and takes her down with him to the catacombs underneath the stage. Oswald goes on a rescue mission, as the Phantom warns Kitty that she must never look underneath his mask. Written by J. Spurlin

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14 July 1930 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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This cartoon was made as a tribute to the actor Lon Chaney and his performance as the title character in The Phantom of the Opera (1925). See more »

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[first lines]
Phantom: I'm the Phantom!
Owl: Who? Who?
Phantom: Not you, you fat-faced-buzzard!
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Spoofs The Phantom of the Opera (1925) See more »

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Shave and a Haircut
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Performed by Kitty
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Okay, but too many weak gags, less than crisp pacing and consistent spooks
9 June 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Despite Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and his cartoons being popular and well received at the time, they have been vastly overshadowed over time by succeeding animation characters. It is a shame as, while not cartoon masterpieces, they are fascinating for anybody wanting to see what very old animation looked like.

Not all the Walter Lantz Oswald cartoons are good representations of Oswald or Lantz, a few for historical interest only. Some are good however. 'Spooks' is really not either at their best, though they've certainly done far worse. It's an okay and slightly above average (but only just) cartoon but wildly uneven. Nowhere near close to the best of the Disney and Winkler era cartoons, the best of which are very good.

Sound quality for a cartoon so old and techniques still in its early days is not as primitive as it could have been. Oswald is very endearing and there are nice kooky characters.

It's music is as energetic as ever too, and Oswald is endearing. The animation is quite good, pretty detailed, not as crude as in some of the Lantz Oswald cartoons and Oswald's movements, expressions and gestures are well done. There are two good gags, one with a skeleton and one with a songstress.

Too many of the rest of the gags are not particularly funny and pretty weak, due to mechanical execution, going on for too long, hence what is meant by less than crisp pacing, and being short on wit and action. It does make what little of the story drag.

At times there is a spooky atmosphere but it doesn't come consistently, the cartoon needed sharper timing.

Overall, okay but uneven. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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