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Swiss Tease is a funny Warner Bros.-flavored cartoon made by Columbia
tavm from Baton Rouge, La.
29 July 2008
Just discovered on Thad's Animation Blog this rare Columbia cartoon
that happens to actually be GOOD. Maybe that's because it has a story
by Michael Maltese, Tedd Pierce, and Bob Clampett. Clampett didn't
direct this one, that credit goes to a Sid Marcus. It's basically about
a St. Benard dog who's thrown off the rescue team because he ACTUALLY
drinks his medication! So the canine, still in his stupor, keeps trying
to rescue this mountain climber (he actually sees more than one and
always picks the one that's actually there!) but always gets him
falling off the cliff while the dog thinks he's carrying him down!
There's a few more outrageous gags after that and a neat twist at the
end making Swiss Tease sort of a Warner Bros. cartoon made by some
moonlighting members of that studio but also giving Columbia some class
in the animation department before they gave up and started
distributing UPA product. And the music by Darrell Calker is almost
worthy of Carl Stalling. So in summation, I highly recommend Swiss
Tease. It's available on YouTube.
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