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Cats in a Bag (1936)

During Christmas, Puddy the Pup finds a bag of kittens abandoned in the snow.
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During Christmas, Puddy the Pup finds a bag of kittens abandoned in the snow.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1936 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Puddy and the kittens
6 June 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.

1936, like all the other years for Terrytoons, saw a hit and miss batch. Of which 'Cats in a Bag' is one of the low middle ones ranking it in correlation with the rest of the Terrytoons, and one of the lesser ones of the 1936 batch. It is an unexceptional, nothing exactly special and somewhat lacklustre cartoon and has the same amount of problems as it has the amount of strengths. Completest sake is the main reason to see it.

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 in places is still great to see and some synchronisation is neat.

A little charm here and there and the occasional mildly amusing touch.

Outside of the backgrounds however, the animation is primitive at best with a fair bit of crudeness, over-simplicity and choppiness. Especially in the drawing and designs of the characters, disappointing for a period where the animation quality generally was improving. Limited budget and hasty time constraints show loud and clear.

Likewise, the story is paper thin and formulaic, a familiar story with very over-familiar execution. It's also pretty dull, due to a lot of padding and not enough content. Very few of the characters are memorable apart from Puddy, who would have fared better with a character with a stronger personality like Farmer Al Falfa, the conflict is stale and parts try too hard to be cute. The kittens are adorable but nothing more than that.

Gags are scarce, or at least nowhere near enough, and what there is is nothing to write home about, too much of it is very stale. The charm isn't enough either, neither is the tension, and some of it is structured in a choppy manner. Too much is too saccharine like at the start.

Overall, lacklustre. 4/10 Bethany Cox


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