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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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Comedy | Short








Release Date:

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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8 January 2006 | by tedgSee all my reviews

This little "one reeler" is pretty transparent. It has one excellent thing in it and the rest filler, filler from cute kids and a few baby animals.

That one thing is pretty interesting. It films three year olds watching a "Tom and Jerry" cartoon. (MGM owns both T&J and this thing.)

As the segment of the cartoon places Jerry in peril, the kids are truly concerned. Aghast. They want to do something. They care.

We are meant to be charmed by their openness and innocence. But what it prompts is a whole series of rich and disturbing questions. Why should be charmed by watching terror? Will this be among the last time these humans will care? Why do we make torture cartoons in the first place? And what is MGM's agenda here?

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.

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