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The Big Top (1938)

Puddy goes to a circus where he watches the various acts, but misinterprets Apaché dancing canines as an assault on the girl. He beats up the boy. Incredibly, everyone cheers this egregious bit of audience participation.

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Mannie Davis

Writer:

John Foster (story)
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Puddy goes to a circus where he watches the various acts, but misinterprets Apaché dancing canines as an assault on the girl. He beats up the boy. Incredibly, everyone cheers this egregious bit of audience participation.

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Puddy in the Big Top
6 July 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The Terrytoons are oddly interesting, mainly for anybody wanting to see (generally) older cartoons made by lesser known and lower-budget studios. They are a mixed bag in quality, with some better than others, often with outstanding music and with some mild amusement and charm and variable in animation, characterisation and content.

1938, like all the other years for Terrytoons, saw a hit and miss batch, more so than the other years even. Of which 'The Big Top' is one of the middling ones ranking it in correlation with the rest of the Terrytoons and one of the middling 1938 cartoons. It is an unexceptional, nothing exactly special cartoon and has the same amount of problems as it has the amount of strengths. 'The Big Top' is also watchable, completest sake is the main reason to see it but it's not the only reason.

Best asset is the music, which predictably is incredible. It is so beautifully and cleverly orchestrated and arranged, is great fun to listen to and full of lively energy, doing so well with enhancing the action. The ambitious, elaborate detail in the backgrounds is still great to see, as is the comparatively improved fluidity of drawing and movement, and some synchronisation is neat.

A few amusing moments, some imaginative and there is some zest and natural charm, and parts of it and the basic set up are nicely done. The supporting characters are fun, especially the bulldog policeman.

Despite the backgrounds and more fluidity than seen previously however, the animation in transitions is primitive and crude sometimes. Puddy is watchable enough as a support character but he doesn't have enough of a strong personality as a lead.

Likewise, the story is paper thin and formulaic with not an awful lot to it (like the cartoon in general). Gags aren't enough, they are not always very organised (fairly scattershot), and there is not much especially memorable about some and some don't serve much point. The cartoon tends to veer towards being too cute and a lot of it is pretty predictable. Some choppiness too and the cartoon feels very old fashioned.

Overall, watchable if unexceptional. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Circus Capers See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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