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Here's to the Good Old Jail (1938)

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piano | guards | moose | jail break | See All (4) »

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10 June 1938 (USA)  »

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Breaking Out
18 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

Two dogs break out of prison and go through an extraordinary number of metamorphoses in this striking absurd Terrytoon.

Director Eddie Donnelly was one of the many artists that Paul Terry hired after Van Beuren's cartoon factory had ended in 1937 and this cartoon harks back to the almost surrealistic weirdness of that studio's A DIZZY DAY and forward to the better Gandy Goose cartoons and even pieces like Tex Avery's DUMB-HOUNDED. Donnelly's character design is as simple and unrealistic as Van Beuren's studio did in 1933, but that simply expedites the silly transformations.

Eddie Donnelly would remain with the Terry organization for the rest of his career -- for someone who didn't seem terribly interested in turning out great cartoons, Paul Terry seemed to be able to onto considerable talent (probably because of his habit of remaining within budget, he never missed a payroll; in a chancy field like animation that was a great inducement). Eddie gave up the top seat in the mid-1950s, but continued to animate for the organization for another ten years.


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