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A Close Call (1929)



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Release Date:

22 December 1929 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A Close Call is good early sound Aesop's Fables short
10 July 2006 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

The short starts with a mouse playing some bell-like tulips like musical bells. He then dances with his girlfriend whose skirt falls in the middle of the number (leaving only her panties). Her partner plays that skirt like an accordion until she takes it back! A cat is driving on the highway and stops to try to get alone with the girlfriend mouse. When the cat chases her to an abandoned barn he offers her pearls. The girl mouse throws them back in the cat's mouth. The boy mouse crashes through the locked doors and attempts to fight the cat but the cat manages to tie the boy mouse to a log about to be sawed. The girl mouse calls for the Northwest Mounted Police mice (on regular sized horses!) to come to rescue her boyfriend. They manage to defeat the cat and one of them pulls the lever that operates the saw and it breaks! Don't worry, he pulls an extra one out of thin air. Boy and girl mouse are reunited and they get married as we hear the strains of "Oh, Promise Me". The reverend mouse silently marries the couple as each says "I do" (the boy mouse sounds a little like Mighty Mouse when he says his only line). The reverend then ties the married couples tails together as the choir now sings "You're In The Army Now". The boy mouse is frowning during this number until his wife kisses him. They embrace for a long clinch as we iris out heart-shaped style. Then a little mouse with a big dog next to him gives us the moral: "All's Well That Ends Well" before the dog elongates his tail and beats the mouse down the ground forming a hole. Then the still picture of cartoon character dogs with the "suger coated pills of wisdom" sign in place of "The End" appears. This was one of several Aesop's Fables cartoons made by John Foster and Harry Bailey after series creator Paul Terry left the Van Beuren Studio to start his own Terrytoons. If the mice bear some resemblance to Walt Disney's Mickey then it should be noted that Disney based his beloved character animation on many of Terry's Fables. Nevertheless, it is possible that Disney sued Van Beuren (and possibly other cartoon studios) for copyright infringement when mice like the ones in this cartoon appear with some resemblance to Mickey. It is still a good and amusing short that should entertain some animation buffs that are interested in all animation from the early sound era. The synchronization is good for this period for both sound and music. By all means, check this one out!

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