Monday, March 19, 2007

Mr. Bug Goes to Town

Jon recently sent me a copy of the Fleischer feature, "Mr. Bug Goes to Town" (1941). I had not seen it before, and I was really impressed by it. While some spots are weak, it is still a really fun movie, combining all of the things that make the Fleischer cartoons great, and a vast improvement over "Gulliver's Travels" (1938), which by comparison sums up all of the mistakes Fleischer did with their studio.

Here is one of the highlights from the movie... The "Katy Did, Katy Didn't" song was animated by Frank Endres and the jitterbug electrocution was Al Eugster's work. (Thanks to Bob Jaques for the identifications.)

This movie is no "Pinocchio" or "Dumbo", but it's a lot of fun, and it was nice to see the Fleischers end on a high note.

It's too bad its failure at the box office (which I expect was intentional on Paramount's part) was the excuse Paramount needed to kick the Fleischers out. I'm sure their next feature would've been even better.


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