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A comically ridiculously altered version of the classic tale, in which Don Quixote is victorious over his imaginary enemies and emits Tarzan-like yells of triumph.

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Ub Iwerks (uncredited)
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An institutionalized man reads classic literature in his padded cell. He believes that he is a knight like in the books he reads and attacks a guard checking in on him. After escaping from the asylum, he happens upon a horse and makeshift suit of armor. With the police on his tail, he travels on until he encounters and fights a windmill that he believes to be a giant. Once the windmill is defeated, he moves on to the house of an opera singer whom he mistakes for a screaming damsel in distress. But before he can save the woman, he must battle a backhoe that he believes to be a dragon. When he finally reaches his damsel, he discovers that she is an ugly woman and both he and the guard pursuing him run back to the institution and lock themselves in the cell. Written by Melissa

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dom Quixote See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Cinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Spoofs Don Quichotte (1933) See more »

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Unique Don Quixote
11 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

While not one of my favourites, Ub Iwerks was responsible for a lot of interesting work. Especially when working with Walt Disney, his oldest friend and one of his best, and co-creating one of animation's most famous characters in Mickey Mouse. His career since opening his own studio had interest value but the quality was variable, often being successful in the animation and music but wanting in the story and variable in gags, lead characters and tone.

1933 to 1936 saw twenty five cartoons, mostly based on famous fairytales and familiar stories, as part of Iwerks's "ComiColor" series. The "ComiColor" series is very much worth watching and interesting, as is the case with many series some cartoons are better than others but there are no real animation nadirs. 1934's 'Don Quixote' is a pretty good pleasant watch, with a few issues but a lot of big strengths.

'Don Quixote' is slight and is at times a little silly. The insanity jokes do go overboard slightly, regardless of them being funny which they are, and the ending is going to go either way.

However, 'Don Quixote' has enough freshness to stop it from being stale. It avoids the over sentimental factor and is never dull.

There are amusing gags, that aren't too corny and never repetitive, it's very charming, endearingly wild at times and there is a genuine likeability and cuteness. The characters drive 'Don Quixote' well, with a very interesting and fun titular character whose antics can be surprisingly inventive.

Furthermore, the animation is great. Meticulously detailed, fluid in drawing, vibrant in colour and often rich in imagination and visual wit. The music is cleverly and lushly orchestrated, is infectiously catchy and adds a lot to the cartoon.

Overall, pretty good. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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