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30 December 1932 (USA)  »

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Lots of bugs, very few books here
28 November 2015 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This is a one shot cartoon produced by Van Beuren studios. There will be spoilers ahead:

This has a very simple plot. It's about bugs and a brief look at their schooling, with a football game of sorts after school ends. It a typical Van Beuren short, which means it's essentially a sleep-inducing exercise in average animation.

The cartoon begins with bugs being called to class. When one of the best gags is having a snail dawdling along, kicking along his books to the sounds of the song, "Oh, How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning", you're in for a long six minutes.

We may be in a schoolhouse, but there's precious little educating going on here. There's a bit of singing, followed by a class roll call and the class dunce doing a gag with the teacher. There's a poetry recitation which becomes a musical number and then school is over.

On to a rather strange football game, with one rather large bug pitted against lots of smaller bugs and the smaller bugs haven't got much chance. The best gag is the way the big bug's touchdown is scored. I won't spoil it here, as it's probably the best bit in the short.

There's a substitution for the team of flies-a centipede comes in the game as quarterback, behind a wedge. The gags in here are nice enough, but predictable and none of them is all that impressive. The ending is bland and flat.

Worth watching once.

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