Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, in his last animated short, conducts a symphony with a whole gaggle of hens (and one ostrich) to lay eggs for Easter. Each rabbit gets an egg, and the smallest one ...
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Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, in his last animated short, conducts a symphony with a whole gaggle of hens (and one ostrich) to lay eggs for Easter. Each rabbit gets an egg, and the smallest one is (un)lucky enough to get the ostrich egg. Eggs are hard-boiled, then dyed, then the baskets are filled with grass, one egg, candy eggs, and topped with a bow before being loaded onto planes to be delivered all over the world. The poor bunny with the ostrich egg, however, is also loaded up with them when the egg hatches before he could get it in a plane, but all ends well for Easter. Written by
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.
Oswald in the Disney years saw mostly good to very good cartoons, and while the Winkler years had some duds there were also cartoons as good as the best of the Disney years. The Walter Lantz cartoons were more of a mixed bag, the best of them were actually very good but there were also some weak ones and the later ones did suffer from being too cutesy and saccharine and in some Oswald being too much of a supporting character.
'The Egg Cracker Suite' is his swan song, and a reasonably worthy one. Story-wise, it's best to forget it as the set up is somewhat of a familiar one and structurally it's flimsy. It is agreed too that the cartoon is a little too sugary sweet at times, though not always uncomfortably so.
At least Oswald is not too much of a supporting character here, but he is on the bland side and seems to have been stripped of what made him so memorable.
However, the animation is great. As well as being one of the few colour Oswald cartoons, and oh my the colours are gorgeous, it's fast and elaborate with lots of attention to detail and care. No, the goof with the bows didn't bother me and didn't really notice it until IMDb pointed it out actually.
It is also easy to be swept up by the energetic and beautifully orchestrated music, the sweet likable characters and the cute and amusing sight gags. The Easter atmosphere has a real bright and breezy feel to it, and while there is a little too much of an overdose of cutesy sweetness it is difficult to be too hard on a cartoon that is very well made and does a good job uplifting the viewer.
Overall, a decent swan-song for Oswald even though he did better in his early years. 7/10 Bethany Cox
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