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Sleeping Betty (2007)

Sleeping Betty starring Martin Barry, Johanne Garneau, and Rick Jones. In a world of odd people and surreal habits, the Queen weeps and wails: her daughter Betty won't wake up. With the court looking on, the King swings into action, jiggling the bed with the ... See full summary »

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In a world of odd people and surreal habits, the Queen weeps and wails: her daughter Betty won't wake up. With the court looking on, the King swings into action, jiggling the bed with the help of a knight, calling on a doctor and then a witch, and also phoning for a prince. As the prince, on his steed, makes his way to Betty's bedside - a trip replete with adventures - we watch others try to wake the young woman. On-lookers include a jester, Henry VIII, Queen Victoria, and a multi-eyed gargoyle. Will the prince make everything right? Where are we? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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'Absurdity' Reigns In This Animated Short
2 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

When you see the surprise ending, you'll say "that makes sense!" even though it is absurd.

Absurdity is the name of the game in this animated short as we go back to Medieval days where we see the king, queen and others in the court all in the daughter's bedroom distraught over the fact that the young woman can't wake up. What's wrong with her? Mom is literally crying rivers of tears. Dad is calling everyone in sight who might be able to wake up "Betty."

The "star" of this short might be a horse, the one belong to the Prince called in to save the day. The adventures our Prince Charming (so to speak) and his horse have en route to the castle provides a lot of slapstick laughs.

Overall, not a lot of out-loud laughs but a lot of chuckles, an animated film that is definitely fun to watch in all nine minutes. The artwork is pretty good, too, and should be seen on a Blu-Ray disc where the drawings are very sharp and clear.

I saw this as part of the DVD titled "Animation Express" which is available in regular and Blu-Ray discs and is a compilation of animation short subjects by the Film Board Of Canada.


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