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Toby Tortoise Returns (1936)

Max Hare is boxing Toby Tortoise, and beating him severely in round one. Between rounds, a Mae West lookalike tells Toby she "likes a man who takes his time", which seems to reinvigorate ... See full summary »

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Uncredited cast:
... Girl Bunny (voice) (uncredited)
Marcellite Garner ... Girl Bunny (voice) (uncredited)
Eddie Holden ... Toby Tortoise (voice) (uncredited)
Leone Le Doux ... Girl Bunny (voice) (uncredited)
Ned Norton ... Max Hare (voice) (uncredited)
... Jenny Wren (voice) (uncredited)
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Max Hare is boxing Toby Tortoise, and beating him severely in round one. Between rounds, a Mae West lookalike tells Toby she "likes a man who takes his time", which seems to reinvigorate him. Come round two, Toby pulls into his shell to avoid the fists, wears a diving helmet to survive the water Max pours in, and when Max fills his shell with fireworks, manages to turn them back against Max. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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22 August 1936 (USA)  »

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Battle of the Century  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Characters from other Silly Symphony cartoons appear in the audience. Jenny Wren from Who Killed Cock Robin? (1935), and Practical Pig from Three Little Pigs (1933) (as the bell ringer) are the most visible. Also appearing are Dirty Bill from The Robber Kitten (1935), Elmer and Tillie from Elmer Elephant (1936), the Harpo Marx bird from Who Killed Cock Robin? (1935), and Fifer Pig, Fiddler Pig and the Big Bad Wolf from Three Little Pigs (1933). Goofy, Donald Duck and Horace Horsecollar also appear. See more »

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References Three Little Pigs (1933) See more »

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Stars and Stripes Forever
Written by John Philip Sousa
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Mildly enjoyable but wonderfully animated.
17 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

One thing you can say about the Disney shorts from the 1930s is that they were artistically the best cartoons available. So, even if the plots were occasionally limp (especially with their all-singing cartoons), the art work is still very, very impressive. "Toby Tortoise Returns" is beautifully animated. The colors are very vibrant and the backgrounds lovely.

The story picks up after the story of "The Tortoise and the Hare" (also a prior Disney cartoon). The same characters are now involved in a boxing match. Toby is fighting against 'Max Hare' (a play on the name of the champion Max Baer). And, while Max cheats and the odds are clearly against Toby, the ending is pretty much what you'd expect. As for the rest, the cartoon is only fair but I did enjoy seeing it for all the Disney character cameos--such as the industrious pig from "The Three Little Pigs", Donald and Goofy. There also are characters that are caricatures of Mae West and Harpo Marx. The cartoon is more interesting than funny but is still worth your time.


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