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Gypped in Egypt (1930)

Waffles the Cat and Don Dog find themselves at the mercy of animate skeletons inside an Egyptian tomb.
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Waffles the Cat and Don Dog are relaxing in a hammock, which they have tied between the legs of their camel, when the camel suddenly kicks them off onto the Egyptian sand. Don spots a pool of water, and the three of them dance over to it. Once there, they fight over who gets to drink it. Waffles ties the camel's neck in a knot and finally punches him in the face, until the poor animal is dead. A bird, posing as a small tree, drinks the water and flies away. Then a sphinx suddenly glides across the desert and angrily declares, "You killed him!" Waffles tries to blame Don, but the desert is suddenly filled with frightening images of pyramids and stampeding camels. Suddenly, Waffles and Don fall through black emptiness until they find themselves inside an Egyptian tomb. There, Waffles shakes with fear, and Don looks on with detached curiosity, as skeletons dance, play the piano and a variety of other weird things. Written by J. Spurlin

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A Wild-And-Crazy Ride In Egypt
21 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

For entertainment value alone, I rate this cartoon highly. It was a wild ride and simply a series of crazy sight gags.

The first scene shows a unique camel. I've never seen one that looks like this: so thin that two guys hang a hammock from it and sleep down below its belly! The camel then boots the two guys off the hammock and the three of them, obviously thirsty, yell out "water!" The camel's voice is funny. The three of them do this condo-like Steve Martin dance (it's good) to the small oasis nearby. The two guys then punch the camel out, killing him - violence against animals was sometimes brutal in these very old cartoons - because they want the water. A bird comes by and sucks all the water up, anyway.

These guys pay for their sins against the camel, however, and we see some wild, dream-like things occurring. The two buys wind up buried in some mummy's tomb

The little one of the two guys has a ball but the tall guy is shaking all over in fear. The little guy puts a coin in the slot of a tomb and a skeleton comes out and dances for him! It's primitive but not bad. Even the figures in the hieroglyphics on wall dance and give each other "high fives." Yeah, apparently they were way ahead of their time!

This whole cartoon is pretty insane, almost a Dali-esquire nightmare of bizarre sights and happenings. It certainly makes it interesting because you don't know what crazy thing you'll next over the eight-and-one-half minutes.


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