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The Mechanical Cow (1927)

Oswald wakes up grumpy and takes it out on his alarm clock, afterward trying his best to wake up the mechanical cow sleeping in the bed beside him, with limited success. They finally do get... See full summary »

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Oswald wakes up grumpy and takes it out on his alarm clock, afterward trying his best to wake up the mechanical cow sleeping in the bed beside him, with limited success. They finally do get going, sailing around the barnyard offering milk to denizens of the farm. When kidnappers arrive and takes Oswald's girlfriend away, he and the cow set off to rescue her. Written by jjwbenso

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3 October 1927 (USA) See more »

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Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and the Mechanical Cow
14 March 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Despite Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and his cartoons being popular and well received at the time, they have been vastly overshadowed over time by succeeding Disney characters (like Mickey, Donald and Goofy) and those from Looney Tunes. It is a shame as, while not cartoon masterpieces, they are fascinating for anybody wanting to see what very old animation looked like and what Disney animation was like before Mickey arrived on the scene.

Following on from two good previous cartoons 'Trolley Troubles' and 'Oh Teacher', 'The Mechanical Cow' doesn't disappoint and in a way even better. Despite its very familiar and slight story, it has the craziness, wit and imagination of 'Oh Teacher' and amps it up even more.

Once again, the animation is not bad at all for a cartoon so old and techniques still in early days, it's crisp and fluid enough with some nice detail, sure there are some rough spots understandably especially with Disney animation becoming much more refined later. The added soundtrack and sound effects (the 1927-1928 Oswald cartoons being silent) add a lot rather than distract, actually improving the cartoon's impact and making things easier to understand.

The gags work very well, always ranging between very amusing and at times hilarious, the weirdness not being a turn off at all. Oswald is once more endearing and the title character is also fun.

All in all, another good Oswald cartoon. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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