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Billy Mouse's Akwakade (1939)

The title is a take-off parody of Billy Rose's Aquacade, and uses an ordinary bathtub, as aqua-mice perform aquatic ballet dances and water sports. The soap bubbles float downstairs to ... See full summary »


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The title is a take-off parody of Billy Rose's Aquacade, and uses an ordinary bathtub, as aqua-mice perform aquatic ballet dances and water sports. The soap bubbles float downstairs to where the dog and cat are sleeping, who blame each other for the disturbance, and have a fight about it. When they learn the mice are the bubble producers, they go after them with a vacuum cleaner. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Aquatic fun
16 August 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.

1939, like all the other years for Terrytoons, saw a hit and miss batch, more so than the other years even. Of which 'Billy Mouse's Akwakade' is one of the better ones ranking it in correlation with the rest of the Terrytoons and one of the best 1939 cartoons. There are flaws but also a lot of strengths, and a few things done better than what was seen before. 'Billy Mouse's Akwakade' is well worth watching as an above average watch with more to it than completest sake.

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, the Terrytoons at this point showed more fluidity in design than in previous years and some synchronisation is neat. The drawing is more fluid generally and the colour vibrant. The sound has also gotten much sharper and clearer.

A fair share of amusing moments, with more gags than there can be usually found and they are all beautifully timed and funny (not always the case with Terrytoons), and there is a lot of zest and natural charm. Also a suitably strange and absurdist quality that was fun and endearing to watch. The characters are amusing and interesting, with the mice not too bland (mice tended to be portrayed rather blandly with Terrytoons), and that the cartoon doesn't get saccharine is appreciated. There are imaginative visuals and moments (Terrytoons very rarely used water so inventively), some nice touches and it was difficult to not have fun with all the aquatic antics.

On the other hand, there are occasions where transitions and drawings are not as smooth as they could have been.

'Billy Mouse's Akwakade' also to me took a little time to get going. The story is barely existent.

All in all, above average and worth a watch. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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9 August 1939 (USA) See more »

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