Saturday, April 2, 2016

Short Subject: Figaro and Frankie (1947)



Figaro becomes Sylvester.



Okay that’s not a fair comparison considering Sylvester and Tweetie’s iconic relationship debuted the same year and this is not a rip off of that.  Unless someone was spying on the Warner Brothers lot.  Anyway the plot is standard with Figaro being annoyed by Frankie and sinking up of his cage to annoy him.  The cage fall over Minnie thinks Figaro eat Frankie and chases him out of the house with her broom.  Frankie of course isn’t dead but does get harassed by a dog, Figaro joins in before his good angel tells him to knock it off and help Frankie.  He does and after a brief make up scene Frankie goes back to singing and Figaro learns that no good deed goes unpunished.

I enjoyed this short far more than I should have given the predictable plot, probably because this is the first time I’ve seen Figaro as the main character.  I’ve only ever watched him in Pinocchio and an occasional short where he shares the screen with Pluto.  I like him here with the devil faces he makes and the fun walk cycle.  Frankie however is annoying and so is Minnie for that matter.  Her voice is grating and Frankie I just think is a jerk.  Yes Figaro started things, but he kept it going by pelting him with seeds when Figaro was clearly walking away.  So, while it might be vindictive I liked seeing Figaro join in with the dog in tormenting Frankie just for a little bit.

So it’s not a ground-breaking short there are annoying bits in it and I personally think Sylvester and Tweetie handle this kind of thing better.  However, I sill liked it purely for the novelty of seeing Figaro as the main character and thus allowing him to have a wider variety of facial expressions, movements, and personality.

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