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Fantastic For The First Four Minutes
9 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well, four minutes of fast-and-furious, fun-filled sight gags is better than nothing. That's the good news. The bad news is that the three minutes turns into a sing-a-long, where we following the bouncing ball (of flame, in this case.) Man, if this had continued as it was going without the "Mitch Miller" imitation, it would have been a "9" or "10" rated cartoon.

Speaking of fire, that's the story, a fire company trying to put out one. Of the course, the building is called the "Acme Fire-Proof Company." The sing-a-long is also no surprise: "A Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight." It is catchy, I grant you that, but I would have much preferred to keep the funny cartoon going while it was "hot." The song is an abrupt end to the wild story, which continues with 40 seconds left but has lost its impact by then.

The Fire House looks like the city zoo with all kinds of different animals. Old-time cartoon makers liked to show characters, whether animal, bird or human, snoring away with slapstick results and that is what we see in the first scene here as they snore away and their pants go up and down with the breathing.

Once the alarm starts, though, it gets frantic, to say the least. By the end of the story part, you will almost be worn out watching this. You'll want more of the humor, such as the ways the firemen respond, the method of the alarm system, the different ways in which the firemen try to put out the fire and a persistent little flame (who is living, naturally) who keeps making it hard on the firemen, are all very entertaining and pretty humorous. The jokes were funny then and still hold up.

I like the totally absurd stuff, such as the little flame sitting in his easy chair with a cigar and watching TV. If you like puns, you'll also like this cartoon. There are a million of them in here, too.

As I said, this cartoon is pretty frenetic and fun to watch, until it turns into a dated sing-a-long. Then all the fun stops, leaving you with a "huh?"


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