The Man from Button Willow

Movie review by Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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age 5+

Animated cowboy adventure has light peril, outdated views.

G 1987 80 minutes

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age 6+

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age 4+

A dull movie!

NR
age 7+

Has cute animation sprinkled in with very racist things

If you ignore the blantantly racist characters and just focus on the cutesy characters and vintage animation which uses both dated 1930's Silly Symphony Disney-styled cutesy characters (both human and animal) with comic book styled characters that look straight out of the older comics from the 1940's and 50's you can appreciate the experimentation that they were doing with the animation by blending cartoonish characters alongside more realistic ones. And while I think in the long run the realistic characters are kinda ugly and feel out of place, including the main character, it's the charming cartoony characters that are flat out adorable. But there are some very racist things that are shown in this movie. Stormy who is the most adorable character is sadly a racist sounding character who like the reviewer says uses the term "San" despite being Chinese and not Japanese. She also speaks very stereotypical broken English and it is very offensive at times. But on a happier note she is also a very sweet character and is obviously just written by someone who probably meant well but didn't know how to write a foreign characters dialogue properly. If you can forgive the obvious dated racial stereotypes that are just written by human well meaning ignorance and just appreciate it as a time piece and a work of early experimental animation done by a non-Disney company than this movie is just fine for the type of person who loves animation and the history around the art form. Otherwise I can't really recommend it to anyone else but the most devoted cartoon junkie. Kids will still like the cuter characters.

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