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26 March 1943 (USA) See more »
Small and Tall break a mirror on a train trip and their seven years of bad luck start immediately. Stranded by an accident... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in alphabetical order)
John McLeish ... Professor Small (voice) (uncredited)
Dick Nelson ... Mr. Tall (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
John Hubley 
Paul Sommer 
Writing credits
John McLeish (story)

Produced by
Dave Fleischer .... producer
Original Music by
Eddie Kilfeather 
Animation Department
Jim Armstrong .... animator
Volus Jones .... animator
Zack Schwartz .... layout artist (uncredited)
Clark Watson .... layout artist (uncredited)

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8 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Charming (and more than a touch odd) little short produced by Columbia, 1 November 2006

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This rather unusual little cartoon featured two rather strange men and, from what I gather, there were hopes that the short would be successful enough to turn into a regular series, but I don't think that happened. Because I will be discussing some details, this is your spoiler warning:

The two lead characters are Professor Small and Mr. Tall, a Mutt and Jeff team, with Small being the tall one and Tall being the small one (there's a notable confusion based on this quirky situation about midway through the short). Professor Small is a scholarly skeptic and Mr. Tall is an affable, more easygoing sort. They work on a train.

Tall finds a horseshoe, which he proclaims to be good luck. Small contemptuously tosses it to one side, thereby breaking a mirror and starting a run of bad luck.

First, they wreck the train and wind up underwater (watch out for a cute bit with a fish and a banana). Then they find themselves on a handcar, when they roll into a ghost town (complete with a ghost who sounds a lot like Ed Wynn). After their run-in with him, they wind up in the desert.

Throughout their "adventures", Tall keeps trying to glue the mirror back together, with Small ridiculing his efforts. In the desert, after a well turns out to be a mirage, Small finally puts the mirror back together and their luck changes-a cloud forms overhead and deluges them with water (and money) and they're picked up by a limo with two girls in the back. As they ride off, Tall mentions the mirror and Small grabs it and tosses out of the car, shattering it (again). Everything, of course, vanishes.

The closing shot has both men working to put the mirror back together, with Small still holding forth on how silly superstition is-as he glues pieces together! Enjoyable short, well worth seeing. Recommended.

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