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The Gay Gaucho (1933)

This one takes place in either Argentia or Texas or Mexico, depending on whether the scenes show gauchos or charros or cowboys, but Cubby is in a desert someplace washing up to go courting ... See full summary »

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Rollin Hamilton, Thomas McKimson (as Thomas McKinson)
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This one takes place in either Argentia or Texas or Mexico, depending on whether the scenes show gauchos or charros or cowboys, but Cubby is in a desert someplace washing up to go courting and listening to the gauchos sing. In the cantina in town, his girlfriend is doing a dance and Cubby comes in and they do a tango, and then Pedro the Bandito and his gang show up. Pedro wants a 'leetle keese' from Cubby's tango partner, but he saves her and tosses her in a stagecoach to make her getaway but there is no driver and now she is in a runaway, and it's up to Cubby to save the day before the stagecoach goes over the cliff. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der lustige Gaucho See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Argentine Cubby
6 December 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Van Bueren Studios' Cubby the Bear series comprised of just 17 cartoons made between 1933-1934. As much as it pains me to say it, speaking as a big animation fan, it is not hard to see why the character and the series weren't so popular and didn't last long.

'The Gay Gaucho' is not a great cartoon, far from it, and has its fair share of faults that mostly apply to pretty much all of the Cubby the Bear cartoons. It is however one of Cubby's best, decide for yourself as to whether that is saying much. To me, despite still not rating it particularly highly, it is, being one of not many to be above mediocre. It manages a few wry chuckles and it's cute without being saccharine.

Set in the Argentine, 'The Gay Gaucho' is one of the few Cubby cartoons that are well animated. It's fluid, it has nice if simple detail and it isn't sloppy in drawing. Nothing static either and Cubby looks better than most outings. The villain is a fun character with a bit of menace.

In the second half, 'The Gay Gaucho' picks up the pace and resembles some kind of story.

Best thing about 'The Gay Gaucho' though is the music score. It is so beautifully and cleverly orchestrated and full of lively energy that is sorely lacking elsewhere, doing so well with enhancing the action.

Cubby himself however is one of the main factors that brings the cartoon down. He is one of the blandest and most personality-deprived characters ever to exist. Credit is due making him more heroic than usual (though it is a stock role that any character in all honesty could fill, for example it's a tailor-made role for Mickey Mouse who also happened to do it much better) and giving him a motivation, that doesn't stop us from understanding why the character and his series was so short-lived.

His girlfriend isn't much better. Think the love interests for similar early male characters from Disney and Looney Tunes except much blander and with significantly less charm or personality and you have her.

While 'The Gay Gaucho' picks up in the second half, it's plot less, aimless and routine in the first half. Even the story-oriented second half is derivative of better stuff. The ending is too much of a cheat.

Overall, average but watchable. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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