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Weatherbeaten Melody (1943)

Scherzo - Verwitterte Melodie (original title)

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November 1943 (Germany)  »

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Wenn die Woche keinen Sonntag hätt'
Music by Lothar Brühne (uncredited)
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Incredible! Awesome! Gorgeous! This was at least 50 years ahead its time!
5 March 2007 | by (Moisburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

I first saw this short animation on youtube and it jolted me out of my seat! This shall be made in 1943 in Germany?? I did not believe it at the first time! I saw it once, twice, a dozen of times! Pure art! This will even put Pixar into shame and can easily par up to Walt Disney's golden era! They used a massive 5-layer-multiplane sequence in the beginning with zooms and forward/back and left/right movements!

This was already done by Walt Disney in 1942 with the gorgeous opening-sequence of "Bambi" with a 5 multiplane-layer sequence too, but if this not enough, in this short you will see the probably first complete and seamless 360°-turn in a multiplane-sequence! Something similar was done by Disney only first in the late 1980 and early 1990 in "The great Mouse Detective" and "The Rescuers down under"... with massive computer-support (and again in 2006 in the end-sequence of "Bambi II" with CGI too).

This short was surely 50 years ahead it's time! And it was made in the darkest era in German history. If you look closely on it, you can discover a hidden message against the Nazi-dictatorship behind the seemingly harmless, playful and funny story: A lot of different species of animals work together in peace to get the music out of the old gramophone, and a lot of music-sequences that are played is jazz!

I am rarely give 10 out of 10 stars, because IMHO only the very best, the absolutely perfect movies, deserve it. This is one of this perfect movies. Not only a gem, but a perfect diamond! Unfortunately it is forgotten today, but if you can get your hands on it, see it, you will never forget it and prepare yourself to be overwhelmed by it!


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