Monday, January 3, 2011
Title: The Tortoise and the Hare
Series: Silly Symphonies
Running time (of viewed version): 8:36
Commercial DVD Release: Silly Symphonies (v1)
Synopsis: Hare learns impressing the ladies doesn't necessarily win foot races.
Comments: (Unusual DVD error; pressing Tortoise and the Hare started 'The Flying Mouse"; returning to the menu screen, I was on the page which had that cartoon; returning to the correct, page, it worked. Both cartoons were at the top of their pages.) Opening credits give this a '34 copyright. Year early dates were common for '39 releases as well. More groups moving punctuatedly en masse. It looks slightly more natural within each group than in An Elephant Never Forgets, but it still looks odd. I always kinda hated this cartoon, with the mocking of the slow guy, and the dick rabbit everyone loves with his hideous laugh. I had a neighbor with the tortoise's vocal intonations (he was handicapped in some way). The raccoon's not a good shot; he took four shots, and only hit twice. This cartoon has lots more going on in it, and lots more gags in it, than the Disney cartoons of 1939. I always kinda like the tortoise's hiking up the shell to get his legs longer. While the tortoise is loved at the end, it is unfortunately not by any females of his own species. In terms of the genetic race, the hare may remain winner this day. Incessant rhyming couplets are bad news. Opens on establishing shot of a text based sign. There's a progression in the tortoise and hare story genre. First, there was the fable (well, first, maybe someone saw a tortoise and a hare interacting, possibly in an ironic way, in the wild); then comes a gently humorous cartoon where they expand on the idea slightly (this one, for instance); then you get a wilder, more vicious take on it (WB), and finally you get a little dog with no claim on speed showing up everywhere saying "Hello, Bub" in Tex Avery MGM cartoons. Hare pitches southpaw, but bats right handed, and finally catches the ball with a gloved left hand, making him schizophrenically ambidextrous.