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No Stalling Around
6 December 2010 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This is a very early Lantz sound cartoon, so early that it merely makes use of simple synchronization, matching the music and tempo to the action at hand -- for example, when Oswald sticks a burning stove in Pete's trousers, we hear "There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight". The real master of this technique was Carl Stalling, who had stayed with Disney; so strong was its identification that the term for such musical/visual match-ups was "Mickey-Mousing".

Visually, we're right in the rubber tube phase of animation. Notice how infinitely stretchable Oswald is. Such are almost all the visual jokes and it quickly becomes boring in its repetition. Happily, within a year, Lantz' staff would improve and the quality of his cartoons would rocket.


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