Random semiconscious musings

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Going South

I am gearing up for a trip South for my second week of holidays this year. As a Canadian, I must remind myself what that big, glowing warm ball up in the sky is since I won't be seeing it again for another 8 months come November (although with global warming, this is changing slightly.... Yikes).

So my post this time around features a cartoon about traveling towards the equator- MGM's "The Goose Goes South".

What can I say? This is a horribly lame cartoon- especially considering what MGM was also capable of in that year. Don't get me wrong... I'm not totally panning it altogether.... the animation is magnificent as always, with remarkable scenes by Pete Burness and Ed Barge... and if you've only ever seen the edited version, you've also missed out on very funny animation by Irven Spence with the two women talking about their kids. You know this guy's got talent- when all the characters do is talk, and it STILL is funny to watch? Yes.

But the subject matter and gag delivery is subpar even with other spot-gag cartoons of the same era.

It also has one of the the most offensive racially-directed slurs at approximately 6:10 into the cartoon. Right- this is the full, uncut version- the one MGM has buried in their vaults, probably due to the insensitive content.... and BEFORE YOU FLAME ME FOR POSTING IT remember, I didn't create it... and I also don't think the stereotypes are funny either. As a matter of fact, there's not a lot of real humour in this cartoon at all... the jokes are quite weak altogether.

But hey- it's about going South- and so am I.

Enjoy it for what it's worth, I may have a change of conscience and end up yanking it off of here... unless greater powers do it first.