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Film Antics (1954)

Approved | | Comedy, Short | 2 January 1954 (USA)
A amusing look at human and animal babies.


Dave O'Brien (as David Barclay)


Joe Ansen (story), Joe Ansen (screenplay)


Pete Smith


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Complete credited cast:
Pete Smith ... Himself - Narrator (as a Smith named Pete)


This short film supports the old adage "never act with children or animals" by showing moving picture images of both at their scene stealing best. Children and/or babies are shown reacting to their participation in a parade, being an acrobatic prop with an even more dangerous element, using a toy car in an adult traffic situation, boxing in front of an appreciative audience of their peers with one boxer getting cheers for what is happening to him rather than what he is doing, reacting to being fed and pampered, and reacting to a Tom & Jerry cartoon. Children and animals are combined by showing baby animals, including a bear cub feeding himself with a baby bottle, two other bear cubs having more problems getting their food, another two bear cubs demonstrating their clumsiness, a man experiencing professional hazards in photographing bear cubs, and a woman treating a small chimpanzee like a human baby. Children and animals are combined in a different way when a group of children are ... Written by Huggo

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2 January 1954 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Nice Short with the Exception of One Scene
17 November 2011 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Film Antics (1954)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

This is a fairly entertaining but 100% bizarre short from MGM and Pete Smith. Smith, as usual, does the narration as the subject is about animals and babies. The film starts off showing how babies "act" during certain things. We see images of children in a parade, in a boxing ring where one's shorts keep falling off and we see children looking at animals. For the animals we see how a bear drinks milk from a bottle and a monkey as he gets a diaper on just like if he were human. That's pretty much everything that happens in this 7-minute short and for the most part it's cute enough to make it worth viewing. There's a funny bit in the boxing ring where one of the kid's shorts keep falling down and exposing his butt each time he throws a punch. There's a funny scene where a little kid keeps falling asleep during a parade. There are even a few cute moments with the animals doing all sorts of tricks. Now there are some bizarre or strange moments as well. Towards the end of the film we see a group of kids in a theater watching a Tom and Jerry short. This scene is meant to show their "reaction" to the events going on in the film and you can tell by their faces that they're quite scared at what's happening (Tom is about to cook Jerry). It's also worth noting that the cartoon is shown in B&W here. However, there's one quick sequence that is perhaps the most horrifying thing I've seen from any movie. At the starts of the film we see a "trick" where a father is standing on the edge of a skyscraper and tossing his infant son in the air. At first I thought perhaps there was a back-screen with the fake image of them being in the air but it's quite clear that this is real. I'm guessing nothing bad happened but it's still quite shocking and sickening to see something like this.

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