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What Price Fleadom (1948)

A dog lives in harmony with Homer the flea. But Homer spots a lady flea on a passing dog, and soon he's being attacked by that dog. And he just can't leave the lady flea alone. Meanwhile, ... See full summary »

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Tex Avery

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Tex Avery ... Homer's Dog (voice) (uncredited)
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A dog lives in harmony with Homer the flea. But Homer spots a lady flea on a passing dog, and soon he's being attacked by that dog. And he just can't leave the lady flea alone. Meanwhile, his original host finds a goodbye note from Homer and goes looking. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

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English

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20 March 1948 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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This short is featured on the 2007 DVD for The Three Musketeers (1948). See more »

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Honey
(1928) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
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The dog and the flea
9 November 2017 | 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.

Also have much admiration for Tex Avery, an animation genius whose best cartoons are animated masterpieces and some of the best he ever did. Is 'What Price Fleadom' one of Avery's masterpieces? Not quite perhaps. Is it a great cartoon? Yes, more than great in fact. It epitomises exactly why animation holds such a special place in my heart and why Avery is so admired. 'What Price Fleadom' has nothing wrong with it at all, my favourite Avery cartoons tend to be the very wacky and ahead-of-their-time ones. While 'What Price Fleadom' is Avery all over in his unique style of humour and wildness, it is not quite one of the daring and wickedly deranged ones.

It is no surprise that the animation is superb, being rich in colour and detail. The character designs are unique, Avery always did have creative character designs, and suitably fluid. The music, courtesy of Scott Bradley, is lushly and cleverly orchestrated, with lively and energetic rhythms and fits very well indeed.

'What Price Fleadom' is very funny, hilarious even at its best and funniest, and the timing is immaculate. Things never get predictable and the dog and flea characters in a deliciously unlikely pairing (yes this is not one's typical buddy outing) carry the cartoon beautifully.

Overall, wonderful. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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