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The Critic (1963)

Approved | | Animation, Comedy, Short | 20 May 1963 (USA)
Mel Brooks is an old man watching abstract animations. He doesn't understand them, so he heckles with strange commentary, to the annoyance of those around him.

Director:

Ernest Pintoff

Writer:

Mel Brooks (creator)

Star:

Mel Brooks
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mel Brooks ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

Set against an unembellished and colour-shifting background, a sequence of vibrant and abstract animations of shapes, sometimes amorphous and surreal, while other times, geometric and simple, dance to the music of the baroque harpsichord. Before this intellectual phantasmagoria of image and sound, a grouchy old man struggles to make sense of the indecipherable patterns on the screen, commenting incessantly. Oh well, it seems like everybody's a critic. Written by Nick Riganas

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Критик See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Premiered at the Sutton Theater in Manhattan as the opening short for the Peter Sellers comedy Heavens Above. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Old Man from Russia: What the hell is this? Must be a cartoon.
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Featured in The Lady with the Torch (1999) See more »

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great idea for a DVD
15 June 2009 | by john22900See all my reviews

It is an outrage that this and other certain animated features are not out on DVD yet! May I suggest a DVD of the best of animated classic short subjects and cartoons which should include THE CRITIC and the Bugs Bunny classic cartoon MUGSY AND BUGSY just to name the two that instantly come to mind! Others that may be provided on the same program would include RUFF AND READY, GERALD MCBOING BOING, TOM TERRIFIC, CRUSADER RABBIT, TENNESSEE TUXEDO, PENELOPE PITSTOP, GUMBY, MIGHTY MOUSE, HECKLE AND JECKLE, SUPERMAN, WOODY WOODPECKER, BETTY BOOP, FELIX THE CAT and DAVEY AND GOLIATH. I realize some of these are claymation as well but why not if they're good!


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