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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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Why this is not in print is a mystery.
2 October 2002 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

This short won the Academy Award for Animated Short and it deserved the prize! This is marvelously funny and its unavailablity, given the stature of Mel Brooks and the success of his projects with Carl Reiner, is unfortunate and somewhat puzzling. Ernest Pintoff's animation is largely unavailable and that's a shame, because he did some great stuff. Well worth watching. Most highly recommended to all of you wonderful people in the audience. It's better than Saran Wrap!


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