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The Poet & Peasant (1945)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 1945 (USA)
Andy Panda conducts the "Hollywood Washbowl Orchestra" (an ensemble of farm animals, on a farm) in the title tune. After Andy removes a frog from under his wig, he begins. All is well until... See full summary »

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Andy Panda conducts the "Hollywood Washbowl Orchestra" (an ensemble of farm animals, on a farm) in the title tune. After Andy removes a frog from under his wig, he begins. All is well until his shirt gets stuck on a nail; while he's fighting it, the orchestra breaks into a swinging tune. Back under control, a talkative squirrel in the audience annoys the pig sitting next to him; the pig zips the squirrel's mouth shut. A bird lands on Andy's baton; he waves it, and 2, 3, 4, and 5 birds appear (apparently, his baton's become a magic wand). He waves some more, and the birds disappear one by one, finally replaced with a very happy cat. Two ducks dance as ballerinas; then one fox and one duck, but the second duck is not as easily captured. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Walter Lanz Studio's "BAND CONCERT"
31 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

MUSICALLY ORIENTED ANIMATION had long been a popular road to take in shaping the form that a cartoon would take. Ever since Disney's ILLY SYMPHONY Series and especially the Mickey Mouse outing, THE BAND CONCERT, the other studios made their own entries into the sub-genre.

OF COURSE, THE ultimate marriage of the visual with the musical was Disney's FANTASIA (1940); which, of course, spawned a good deal of imitation. Most notably, the Italian film, Bruno Bozetto's ALLEGRO NON TROPPO (1976), has been the best known and most successful. But, we digress!

WITH THE PRODUCTION and release of THE POET AND THE PEASANT, Walter Lanz and Universal Pictures made a powerful move toward staking a claim on their share of the highbrow music cartoon market. As the central character Walter Lanz Studios had but two logical choices as MC/Conductor; that being either Woody or Andy.

IT WAS, OF course, Andy Panda who go the nod for this initial Classic outing. It was more a case of the Panda's getting a boost from the appearance rather than the cartoon's being the recipient of greater viewer-ship due to Andy's presence.

WE HAVE ALWAYS felt that Mr. Lanz & Company never brought the character of Andy Panda to its full potential. He was well handled in this THE POET AND THE PEASANT; but it could have easily been Woody, Chili Willie, Wally Walrus or even Buz Buzzard in the role without any discernible difference.


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