The film follows the misadventures of Oswald and his roughneck pal, Putrid Pete, as they ride a freight car loaded with animals and devise ways to cook a meal using the tools at hand. When ... See full summary »
Oswald is off to see his sweetheart when he is passed by a rival in a faster car. He takes the lead, though, when both drivers encounter a mud puddle; Oswald isn't afraid to get a little ... See full summary »
Oswald's country is at war, like many other volunters he joins the army and finds himself soon in the trenches. A short battle leaves him wounded, but at least in the field hospital where his girlfriend is working.
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.
'Sky Scrappers' is not one of the best Oswald cartoons. It is not as good as its consistently funnier, more polished and more polished remake 'Building a Building', and there are Oswald cartoons that meet those three adjectives a little better such as 'Great Guns', 'Bright Lights' and 'Oh What a Knight'.
This said, there is still not much wrong with 'Sky Scrappers'. It's slight and conventional in story and the pacing is at times too hectic (not unusual for an Oswald cartoon at this point).
However, the animation is very good on the other hand, it's crisp and fluid enough with some nice detail especially with animation techniques still in early days. The music is lush and energetic, adding a lot rather than distracting and enhances the cartoon's quality even, the use of sound is never static and helps make the action understandable.
Luckily the gags are numerous and also creative, well-timed and never less than amusing. Oswald is a likable lead character, and the other characters are fun.
In summary, pretty good but not great. 7/10 Bethany Cox
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