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The dinosaur is the best character here

Author: Robert Reynolds ( from Tucson AZ
12 December 2015

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This is a cartoon in the Willie Whopper series produced by Iwerks studio. There will be spoilers ahead:

This is more like Willie Whopper does Tarzan than Willie Whopper as cave man, for all that he faces a dinosaur. Much of the time he's on screen, Willie is swinging on a vine and his best bits are more Tarzan than anything else.

The plot is simple-Willie is telling Goofy all about the dinosaur he caught. We first see Willie of the jungle and then we see a dinosaur. The dinosaur first eats what looks like a grass hut on a tree, only to have it turn out to be a rather disturbed bird which flies away. After Willie winds up at his place, we see the dinosaur at another tree.

The dinosaur then starts snuggling up to the tree and shaking the house, which just happens to be Mary's house. Mary is wearing a rather unusual outfit. It keeps changing in size and areas of coverage. Anyhow, the dinosaur pushes its way through the door, only to have Mary fight it off (she actually does a better job of this than Willie does).

Only after Mary runs out of stuff to throw at the dinosaur does she call Willie for help, on a telephone, of all things. Willie eventually gets to the phone and heads over to help Mary. By the time he gets there, her house is basically gone. Willie's main contribution is blowing pepper in the dinosaur's nose and the bulk of the remainder of the cartoon is sneezing gags. The dinosaur is defeated and the short ends on a gag which will offend a lot of people.

This short, along with all the other Willie Whopper cartoons, is now available on a Blu-Ray/DVD combo released by Thunderbean. The set is well worth getting.

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