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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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English

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9 November 1930 (USA) See more »

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Van Beuren Studios See more »
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Egyptian insanity
12 January 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Van Beuren cartoons are extremely variable, especially in the number of gags and whether the absurdist humour shines through enough (sometimes it does, other times it doesn't), but are strangely interesting. Although they are often poorly animated with barely existent stories and less than compelling lead characters, they are also often outstandingly scored, there can be some fun support characters and some are well-timed and amusing.

'Gypped in Egypt' is one of the best Aesop's Fables cartoons, of 1930 and overall, and also to me one of Van Beuren's best overall. It may not be a masterpiece or a cartoon classic, but it is so much more entertaining than most Aesop's Fables/Van Beuren cartoons and it is one of the few in the series to do almost everything right and not suffer from all, or most of, the usual flaws.

As what tends to be the case with Van Beuren, while it is actually one of the better looking cartoons in the series, the animation is less than brilliant. It is more detailed and more imaginative than most Aesop's Fables cartoons, but there is a lack of finesse in the drawing, an erratic sloppiness in movement and overdose of over-simplicity.

While still fun, the last third of 'Gypped in Egypt' doesn't quite have the energy of the other two thirds, it's there just not as much.

However, 'Gypped in Egypt' goes at a snappy pace and not only manages to be one of Van Beuren's strangest and absurdist, a good thing as that's their style of humour when they do it right, but also one of their overall funniest. There are a lot of gags, all of them well timed and funny, as well as wonderfully insane and almost nightmarish.

Don't expect it to make sense, it doesn't. The difference is that so much is executed so well it is much easier to forgive than with most of their efforts that don't excel anywhere near as much. Likewise with minding as to whether the story is flimsy (and it is as flimsy as one can get), you're just having too much fun to care. It is also one of their most nightmarish, there is a real creepiness, almost surrealistically so, to the atmosphere and some deliciously kooky characters.

Best of all is the music score, it is typically peppy and great fun to listen to. It is so beautifully and cleverly orchestrated and full of lively energy, doing so well with enhancing the action. Synchronisation is nicely done on the whole.

All in all, surprisingly well done and one of the better Aesop's Fables/Van Beuren cartoons. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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