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The Captain runs a safari business. He sets off to catch a live pygmy, with help from a tracking dog, but the dog isn't the world's most efficient, distracted first by some flowers, then ... See full summary »

Director:

Friz Freleng (as Isadore Freleng)

Writer:

Rudolph Dirks (comic strip)
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Billy Bletcher ... Captain (voice)
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The Captain runs a safari business. He sets off to catch a live pygmy, with help from a tracking dog, but the dog isn't the world's most efficient, distracted first by some flowers, then when he actually encounters a pygmy, by the bone in his hair. Ultimately, he buries the pygmy; the Captain comes chasing along. With this crew, the pygmy's in no danger. Eventually, the pygmy swaps clothes with the Inspector; he runs off and grabs his whole tribe, and the safari crew takes off. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1938 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Hunt of the pygmy
26 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 Pygmy Hunt' 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 Pygmy Hunt' 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 Pygmy Hunt'.

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. Scott Bradley's music is lovely on the ears, lushly orchestrated, full of lively energy and characterful in rhythm, not only adding to the action but also enhancing it.

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

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


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