Sunday, January 17, 2016

Short Subject: How to Be a Detective (1952)

Well this is…different.

That’s the best way to describe this short it’s different.  The basics are the same Goofy is the star there’s a narrator outlining the basics of being a detective, but the narrator’s voice has completely changed to fit the detective serial style that the whole short has.  The whole thing has a darker tone and look though unlike ‘How to Sleep’ the dark backgrounds have detail this time and it looks really good.  

Then the twist ending of Al getting married is just odd to me, and Goofy’s line about how that proves crime doesn’t pay makes no sense.  Outside of a lot of reckless endangerment no crime was committed here, so how does that line fir in?  Also the story just comes across as an idiot plot.  Why is the bride having trouble finding Al if he is on the police force?  How is him getting married a case?  This could have all been avoided if Al had explained anything rather than saying “leave the case alone” over and over.  I don’t know maybe it’s supposed to be satire I’ve missed the point entirely.  

That isn’t to say there’s nothing good here.  I loved the antics in the car chase scene and the music for it, and spotted the fact that ‘Freeway Troubles’ used repeated animation from the chase.  Also I never knew the weasels showed up anywhere besides The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad and of course Who Framed Roger Rabbit so I learned something new hooray for me.
So kudos to the Disney team for trying something different it just didn’t work for me.

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