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Keep Your Grin Up (1955)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 4 March 1955 (USA)
Caasper, the Friendly Ghost, attends the circus and frightens the performers. He then encounters a Laughing Hyena that is unable to laugh. Casper, determined to make the hyena laugh, tries ... See full summary »

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Ringmaster (voice) (uncredited)
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Casper (voice) (uncredited)
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Caasper, the Friendly Ghost, attends the circus and frightens the performers. He then encounters a Laughing Hyena that is unable to laugh. Casper, determined to make the hyena laugh, tries many tricks and none of them even sightly amuses the animal, even to the extent of grinning or chuckling. But Casper then does something that accomplishes his goal. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Casper goes to the circus
24 November 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The late-40s to the early/mid-50s Casper the Friendly Ghost cartoons had a higher budget and overall the overall quality was much better. Onwards, the quality did diminish quite significantly though the overall cartoons varied, some decent, many mediocre.

Famous Studios' cartoons are not for all tastes, but my opinion is that their early stuff and some of the early 50s output are good. While they were very formulaic they were always well animated and voiced with some funny parts, some poignancy and decent characters and their regular composer Winston Sharples could always be relied on to write a great and often outstanding score.

Admittedly though, by the mid-50s through to the late-60s Famous Studios' cartoons did get repetitive. While Sharples' music still shone and the voice actors did their best the animation suffered due to lower budgets and tighter deadlines, the humour became more tired and slow in timing than sharp and funny, the stories became increasingly predictable and rehashed and some characters started losing their initial spark, this is particularly true of most of the later Herman and Katnip cartoons.

There are better Casper The Friendly Ghost cartoons out there than 'Keep Your Grin Up', especially the cartoons from 'There's Good Boos Tonight' and 'Boo To You Too' (the cartoons from this to 'Boo Moon' varied but mostly decent), the very unique (and the most original Casper cartoon) 'Boo Moon' is also up there. It does have its good things, but Famous Studios were starting to decline from around this period and the difference in quality from the very early Casper cartoons is staggering.

Best thing about 'Keep Your Grin Up' is the music score. Experimenting more with a more mellow horn and string sound at this point, Winston Sharples' music score here is typically merry and whimsical, it's beautifully orchestrated, energetic and adds so much to the mood, his music has always been one of the best assets of the Famous Studios cartoons and it's not an exception here. In fact how it's composed and how it meshes so well with everything going on in the animation, story and action contributes to it being the best thing about the cartoon.

While he is a character that won't click with everybody, Casper does win me over with his friendly nature and kindness. The hyena is endearing, and one feels sorry for him. Casper's attempts to cheer him up and make him laugh are sweet and amusing, and the Ringmaster's reaction to Casper is priceless, one of the most imaginative and hilarious reactions of all the later Casper cartoons. The voice acting is dependably good.

However, 'Keep Your Grin Up' is very repetitive plot-wise (outside of the different setting, the same formula of almost every Casper cartoon, or at least most of the same elements, is here), and that there is not much at all to the writing which is thin on the ground and what there is of it is frankly unmemorable and also very repetitious and sickly twee. To me, the animation, outside of some lovely colours, was not that great.

The animation quality was great in 'Boo Moon' and in a vast majority of the Casper cartoons preceding that, but the quality declined after 'Boo Moon' and was not the same again. Colours aside, the backgrounds and drawings have lost their meticulousness and instead look hastily drawn and scrappy. The ringmaster is a character that's sadistic, moronic and irritating, traits that were deliberate certainly but that doesn't change that it was impossible to stand him.

On the whole, okay if not great, more middling. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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