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Puppetoon Movie
     

The Puppetoon Movie

Director: Arnold Leibovit, George Pal

Cast: Arnold Leibovit, George Pal

 

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The Puppetoon Movie is a tribute to the genius of special-effects maven George Pal. Long before assembling such dynamite feature films as The War of the Worlds, tom thumb and The Time Machine, Pal was top man in the field of stop-motion photography. Utilizing as many a five thousand separate wooden figures for each of his short subjects (variously

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The Puppetoon Movie is a tribute to the genius of special-effects maven George Pal. Long before assembling such dynamite feature films as The War of the Worlds, tom thumb and The Time Machine, Pal was top man in the field of stop-motion photography. Utilizing as many a five thousand separate wooden figures for each of his short subjects (variously titled "Puppetoons" and "Merry Madcaps"), Pal turned out such gems as Tubby the Tuba and John Henry and the Inky Poo. This compilation contains nine shorts, some produced while Pal was still working in the Netherlands (he barely escaped Hitler's deadly wrath after producing a potent anti-Nazi parable), others while he was releasing his films through the facilities of Paramount Pictures in the 1940s. The Puppetoon Movie is hosted by a star who can truly say that he owes his very existence to the standards set by George Pal: Art Clokey's whimsical "eraser boy" Gumby.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Puppetoon Movie will have a special attraction to animation aficionados, but even those with no particular interest in the art form should be entertained by these colorful, often fascinating samples from the George Pal library. The film gets off to an inauspicious start, with a framing sequence featuring Gumby and Pokey that is overly "cute." Things pick up as the Pal shorts begin, however, and the viewer is drawn in by the strange and peculiar magic that is the result of his brand of stop motion animation. The stylized, sometimes jerky movements are the antithesis of realism, but animation is not supposed to be shackled by the rules of reality, and the effect that Pal's work produces is unique. Although some of the individuals shorts contained herein are more about style than substance, several of them are topnotch in all areas. These include Together in the Weather, which is in some ways Pal's version of a libidinous Tex Avery cartoon; John Henry and the Inky Poo, which has a mythical power that makes it mysterious, haunting (it also helps to atone for some of the insulting racial stereotypes found elsewhere on the tape); Tubby the Tuba, which is enchanting; and Tulips Shall Grow, which captures the mood of World War II Europe and features some of Pal's most impressive designs and animation. The Puppetoon Movie drags a little in places, which often happens when cartoons that were meant to stand on their own as 6-to-8-mninute pieces are strung one after the other, but on the whole it's a tremendous amount of fun.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/16/2015
UPC:
0793936800980
Original Release:
1987
Source:
B2mp
Sales rank:
20,223

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