Andy Panda on the Home Front
boblipton from New York City
13 April 2015
Andy is an air raid warden. When he gets the word that a blackout is
on, it's up to him to make sure it's enforced in his neighborhood. An
obstreperous goat interferes with his duty in this dated but funny
Walter Lantz cartoon.
The air raid warden was an important officer on the home front during
the Second World War; in the event of invasion -- and it was a real
fear -- it was expected the invasion would be by air and darkness was
the only defense.
Despite the serious underpinnings of this cartoon, it is a fine effort,
from the gag involving Andy's counterpane at the start to the final one
in which he tackles the goat. Its serious nature is indicated by the
background work, which includes the outdoor scenes, done in a style
reminiscent of the Fleischer Superman cartoons. It may be a bit foreign
to the modern viewer, but this is a fine cartoon for its era.
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