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The Rise of Duton Lang (1955)

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Professor Duton Lang is an obese scientist who has made many great discoveries. When he finally weights 497 pounds he develops a compound which permits him to eat as much as he wants and ... See full summary »

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Professor Duton Lang is an obese scientist who has made many great discoveries. When he finally weights 497 pounds he develops a compound which permits him to eat as much as he wants and still lose weight. He gets down to 150 pounds in weight but is still the same body-size as when he weighed nearly 500 pounds. Eventually, he becomes a minus-weight and floats off into outer space. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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1 December 1955 (USA)  »

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Included in the 3-disc DVD set "UPA: The Jolly Frolics Collection," released 15 March 2012 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. See more »

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Cute and worth a look, but the animation quality is very suspect
2 February 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When I watch cartoons, I sometimes have a different perspective than some viewers. In this case, several other reviews loved this cartoon and could easily look past the amazingly poor quality of the animation. While I, too, liked the plot and characters, I just for the life of me can't give a very favorable review to a film that represents, in some ways, the downfall of cartoons.

In the 1950s, after many years of amazingly brilliant cartoons from Warner Brothers, MGM and Disney, newer "innovators" emerged with the idea that the audiences were stupid and there was no need to make high quality backgrounds or animate cartoons with 24 cels per second. Because these cartoons were so cheap to make, it was no wonder that they made money and soon the major studios began producing crappy cartoons as well. Eventually, by the 1960s and 70s, cartoons were, for the most part, dreadful and unlike the 40s and 50s, adults refused to watch them--because they had appeal only to the most undemanding audiences.

UPA, the maker of this cartoon, was at the forefront of making these newer crappier cartoons. While this one did have a cute story, I can't help but cringe to think that by 1960, all cartoons looked about like this one technically.

By the way, UPA later made the Mr. Magoo films (also of very dubious quality when it came to the animation). If you look carefully, one of the characters in the film has a head that looks almost exactly like Magoo.


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