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Chilly Willy's best cartoons were perfect examples of how a potentially
one-joke character and concept could end up actually being a perfect
mix of the cute and the funny with a lot of colour and good comic
timing to go with it.
After the previous three very good to great Chilly Willy cartoons,
'Fish Hooked' was a disappointment somewhat. It is always enjoyable
seeing Chilly and Smedley together, they work so well together, it is
good to see Chilly having a different purpose from the norm and 'Fish
Hooked' is better than most cartoons directed by Paul J. Smith, the
worst of which not being being good at all. Chilly and Smedley have
just done much better, that's all.
'Fish Hooked' is a rather predictable cartoon, the outcomes of every
gag and the ending can be seen from ages off, and the action between
Smedley and the porpoise was amusing at first but got on the repetitive
side. On top of being predictable, the story also lacks variation which
gives it a repetitiveness.
Outside of Chilly, Smedley and a few of the colourful fish characters,
not all the characters are particularly memorable. The animation has
been better in previous Chilly Willy cartoons, the drawings never were
the most refined but other than some nice bright colours a lot of the
drawing looks rushed and ugly.
However, the music is full of lively bounce and character, with
luscious orchestration. It not only adds to the action and visuals but
enhances them too.
Really enjoyed the aquarium setting, which was colourful and the
humorous narration did a good job entertaining and teaching, one does
learn a lot about the different types of fish.
Some of the gags are hurt by the lack of variety but most are amusing
and are timed well. The chemistry between Chilly and Smedley sparkles,
and it is always remarkable at what Chilly has up his sleeve and how he
does it. Underneath all that irresistible cuteness he is one clever,
funny and at times fairly brutal penguin.
Chilly is adorable and is also a lot of fun, with his actions speaking
far louder than words. He may be a nuisance to his opponents but he
wins the viewer over with his cuteness and timing. Daws Butler (in his
distinctive Huckleberry Hound voice) delivers some solid voice acting
as Smedley, the slightly funnier and more interesting character.
In summary, decent but not great. 6/10 Bethany Cox
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