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The Rise of Duton Lang (1955)

Professor Duton Lang is an obese scientist who has made many great discoveries. When he finally weights 497 pounds he develops a compound which permits him to eat as much as he wants and ... See full summary »

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Professor Duton Lang is an obese scientist who has made many great discoveries. When he finally weights 497 pounds he develops a compound which permits him to eat as much as he wants and still lose weight. He gets down to 150 pounds in weight but is still the same body-size as when he weighed nearly 500 pounds. Eventually, he becomes a minus-weight and floats off into outer space. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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1 December 1955 (USA)  »

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Included in the 3-disc DVD set "UPA: The Jolly Frolics Collection," released 15 March 2012 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. See more »

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It was called Cartoon Modern.....
30 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

A glorious age of animation and general cartooning where modern art philosophy merged with mainstream commercial and entertainment art design giving us some of the most thoughtfully drawn cartoons ever made. The animation styles and figuratism in these works were so good you'd never notice the lack of animation unless you were just obsessed with old 'circle based' style of cartoons which pioneers of this style were desperate to break free from. The only awful thing to come out of this style are todays outliney cartoons which are a horrid bastardization of modern design.

With that said, this was a wonderful little short that tells a fun but cautionary tale quite amusingly well. It's a shame some UPA shorts like this are so hard to find around online. UPA won't release most of these officially, but have no problem sending out takedown notices on youtube. If you can, please do try and at least find some collection that includes this short. It's a wonderful work as was nearly everything UPA was doing back then.


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