A movie studio hires a new travelogue director to drive cross-country. We see his pun-filled trip, mostly drawn on photographs: a babbling brook is full of mouths; an eerie canal includes a... See full summary »

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A movie studio hires a new travelogue director to drive cross-country. We see his pun-filled trip, mostly drawn on photographs: a babbling brook is full of mouths; an eerie canal includes a mother-in-law in a coffin; the sap running in the Vermont woods stops to say hi; a "light" house floats away; two Southern gentlemen offer to "buy-you" a stick of gum in Louisiana; an Indian reservation in the table lands lets him order a meal; finally, he passes Palm Springs (coil springs, of course) and delivers the result to his producer in Hollywood, who promptly shoots him. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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9 June 1944 (USA)  »

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Possibly the worst cartoon of the Golden Age...
27 November 2007 | by (Burbank, CA) – See all my reviews

I've never seen a cartoon from the 40's as bad as this one. Usually, cartoons from that era had a high standard of quality, but it's as if the artists who made this cartoon didn't even bother to try.

A parody of travelogues, it is filled with nothing but bad puns one can see coming a mile away. (Travels? Mile? There's a bad pun there somewhere. If I could figure it out, I could write for Columbia.) The pacing is slow and dull, and there is actually very little in the way of character animation. Most of the cartoon consists of some object animated over live action photographs for backgrounds, to illustrate yet another excruciating pun. One starts to feel that the people responsible for this cartoon were somnambulists or at least addicted to morphine at the time.

Columbia/ Screen Gems had a poor track record in terms of producing good cartoons, and this is their worst effort by far. In fact, it's the worst cartoon from that era, period.

Watch it only if you are interested in the history of Hollywood cartoons from the golden age, and how some animators could go so very far astray. Otherwise, avoid.


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