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Cartoon Crazy's 2

By Paul Trandahl, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

A blast from the past, for animation buffs only.

Movie NR 1998 86 minutes
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This collection of WWII-era cartoons demonstrates why a "golden age" isn't always golden. CARTOON CRAZY'S 2 offers shorts from the major cartoon studios of the dayand will be of far more interest to animation buffs than to the average viewer. This collection's greatest virtue is also its greatest weakness: By gathering cartoons from several different studios into one volume it provides an interesting cross-section of theatrical animation from the '30s and '40s, but in so doing places forgotten gems alongside shorts that we would just as soon forget.

Three cartoons come courtesy of the Van Beuren studio. "Toonerville Trolley," based on a popular comic strip of the time, has little to offer contemporary viewers. "The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg" revives Felix the Cat, though his character here is overly reminiscent of Mickey Mouse. Also included is one cartoon from the Fleischer studio, which stars Gabby, a supporting character from their Gulliver's Travels cartoon feature. It's not bad, but is noticeably lacking in the charm and humor that marked both the Popeye and Betty Boop series. The MGM and Warner Bros. cartoons come off the best, although some are particularly inappropriate for younger viewers. The two Bugs Bunnys date from early in the rabbit's career and showcase him at his most aggressively amoral, making trouble without provocation and bordering on vicious. A few of the cartoons feature prominent ethnic stereotypes, which many will doubtless find offensive.

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