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The Cleaning Day (1937)

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Kiko the Kangaroo has problems with his house cleaning when Ozzie the Ostrich keeps getting in his way. But Kiko manages okay and keeps his temper in check until Ozzie gets tangled up with ... See full summary »

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Kiko the Kangaroo has problems with his house cleaning when Ozzie the Ostrich keeps getting in his way. But Kiko manages okay and keeps his temper in check until Ozzie gets tangled up with the electric vacuum cleaner, and it starts sucking in all the furniture, and pursues Kiko and Ozzie when they escape from the house. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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17 September 1937 (USA)  »

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Keep Your Ostrich Out of the Piano and Other Useful Advice
15 May 2010 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Kiko Kangaroo starred in about ten cartoons for Paul Terry in 1936 and 1937, when the competition was heating up -- Disney had just introduced Donald Duck, Schlesinger had Porky Pig and would soon come up with Daffy Duck. Meanwhile over at Columbia, Mintz was trying to revamp Krazy Kat. So change was in the air, the next cartoon star might be this one.

Well, it wasn't Kiko Kangaroo, and for good reason. Oh, the slapstick bits are well done, but I still feel like I walked in right in the middle of the movie and have no idea of what is going on. Yes, I can accept that a kangaroo owns a house and is making bread, but why does he have an ostrich? Is it a pet or a housemate? Finally, the character of Kiko is uncertain. Donald got mad, but Kiko just gets bewildered. Kiko never quite reacts to the situation as the ostrich gets into flour cans, pianos and the bag on the vacuum cleaner engorges itself menacingly. He never takes the situation seriously, so we don't -- even to the extent of being engrossed in events.

So Kiko got his shot and Paul Terry moved on. You take a shot and look at the movie but I expect, like Mr. Terry and I, you will move on.


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