Fresh Fish (1939)
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Also have much admiration for Tex Avery, an animation genius whose best cartoons are animated masterpieces and some of the best ever made by anybody. 'Fresh Fish' is decent, it's amusing and well-made, but Avery has definitely done far better. It is always interesting to see an Avery cartoon before his prime period (all the cartoons he made before his 1942-1950s period at MGM are worth watching though few masterpieces), if more primarily for interest to see how Avery fared early on when he was still evolving and his distinctive style was not as strong or yet to be found.
This cartoon, as said, is a decent interesting watch, but Avery has done far better than decent interesting cartoons. He has done funnier and more imaginative cartoons, and 'Fresh Fish' was also made during a time where his cartoons by Avery standards were pretty tame. Oh and the story is best forgotten.
Not much risk-taking or boundary-breaking here, let alone his typical wacky wildness, and for me that was a huge part of his appeal as well as his visual and humour uniqueness.
However, it is no surprise that, as with a vast majority of Avery's cartoons regardless of the period, the animation is excellent. Beautifully drawn, very detailed and the colours are vibrant.
Carl Stalling's music score is typically lushly and cleverly orchestrated, with lively and energetic rhythms, it's also beautifully synchronised with the action and gestures/expressions and even enhances the impact.
While not hilarious, 'Fresh Fish' is still very amusing and well-timed. It also benefits from cute and lively underwater characters and the voice acting from the ever versatile Mel Blanc, Avery himself and Robert C. Bruce, who does entertaining and educational narrations better than anyone, is reliably great.
In short, decent but not great. 7/10 Bethany Cox