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The Honduras Hurricane (1938)

Long John Silver forces the Captain to bet his house in a cockfight. It's John's champion rooster, the Honduras Hurricane, versus the Captain's: a scrawny bird with a bad cold. The boys replace the sick bird with a violent baby eagle.

Director:

Friz Freleng (uncredited)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Long John Silver (voice) (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher ... Captain's Bantam Rooster (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

John has captured the Captain. He proposes a boxing match: his chicken, the Honduras Hurricane, against the Captain's, which John will provide: a scrawny thing that's been kept in the fridge. The boys, spying through a window, see this and realize the Captain hasn't got a chance, and if he loses, John will take his house. Fortunately, there's a very feisty baby eagle nearby. The kids capture it and pull a switcheroo, and before long, the eagle has made short work of the Honduras Hurricane, forcing John to make good on his side of the bet and eat his boxing ring. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1938 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Rooster boxing
25 May 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Love animation, it was a big part of my life as a child, particularly Disney, Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry, and still love it whether it's film, television or cartoons. Actually appreciate it even more through young adults eyes, due to having more knowledge of it, various animation styles, studios, directors and how it all works.

'The Honduras Hurricane' is not one of Friz Freleng's best cartoons by any stretch, in an uneven "still evolving" period of his long career, and he was yet to be in his full prime and not yet found his style properly. For a relatively early effort, 'The Honduras Hurricane' is above average but not great or a Freleng classic, he would do much better later. It is never what one would call hilarious (but is never unfunny), Freleng's later efforts show more evenness and confidence in directing and the story is flimsy and fairly tame up to the end.

It is fairly predictable story-wise and at times could have had more oomph, which would have been solved if the cartoon was a little shorter.

However, the titular character and the captain are fun characters and the chemistry between the characters elevates 'The Honduras Hurricane'.

The cartoon is amusing and it generally goes at a lively and energetic pace, apart from parts that could have done with more oomph. The dialogue is witty and clever.

Animation is excellent, it's fluid in movement, crisp in shading and very meticulous in detail. The music is lovely on the ears, lushly orchestrated, full of lively energy and characterful in rhythm, adding to the action if not quite enhancing.

Voice acting from Mel Blanc and Billy Bletcher is terrific and full of character.

Although, above average but nothing mind-blowing. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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