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Hurts and Flowers (1969)

Roland is a flower child; Rattfink is "a weed." Roland keeps growing, picking, and sniffing flowers; Rattfink keeps attacking Roland, but the attacks either fail or backfire. Among the gags... See full summary »

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Roland is a flower child; Rattfink is "a weed." Roland keeps growing, picking, and sniffing flowers; Rattfink keeps attacking Roland, but the attacks either fail or backfire. Among the gags: As Roland plays the harp, Rattfink tries to discourage him by drumming. When that fails, he inverts the drum to reveal a beehive; the bees attack, the harp strings send Roland back into a fountain, and the bee-stung Roland still presents Rattfink with a flower. Rattfink air-drops a bag of flour on Roland; the resulting cloud of flour engulfs RF's plane, and he crashes into a building. Finally, Roland is in a jam session; Rattfink paints a can of nitroglycerine to look like a drum, but slips on a banana peel and explodes. Roland puts a flower on his grave; Rattfink's ghost hurls it at Roland. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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11 February 1969 (USA)  »

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Roland, das Blumenkind  »

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Down with the Hippies!
9 May 2011 | by (Illinois, USA) – See all my reviews

"Hurts and Flowers" was the second Roland and Rattfink short to be released by David H. DePatie and Friz Freleng, but I suspect it was probably the first one produced. I say this because of the absolutely unusual nature of the short, one which bears no resemblance whatsoever to the shorts that would follow. Clearly set in the time produced and not 1901, Roland is a flower child that loves all flowers and cares for all people. Rattfink is just a sourpuss that hates flowers and flower children to the extreme, and he spends the entire short trying to hurt Roland and his plants, but each time Roland forgives Rattfink and offers him a flower.

It would not be unusual for Rattfink to harbor so much hatred for Roland just because they are polar opposites. However, the violence committed to Roland, which is normally amusing, comes off as just plain nasty this time. It is most likely because, unlike every other Roland and Rattfink short, this one has no dialogue from the main characters other than their screams. The biggest laughs often come from Roland's overly corny rhetoric and Rattfink's snide comebacks. But those are absent here. The background, too, is an ugly shade of puke green with little to decorate it beyond flowers and far unlike the rest of the series. It isn't a terrible cartoon, as it does have a few amusing, though not hysterical, moments. Zantara's score: 6 out of 10.


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