Bill Peet, who came up with the story for Susie the Little Blue Coupe and co-wrote the final script, must have thought American kids didn’t have enough depressing classic Russian literature in their lives. It’s a seriously disturbed, if fantastic, cartoon.
Susie tells the story of a happy little car named, you guessed it, Susie. Some guy buys her and she lives a happy life, or so she thinks… because it turns out the guy doesn’t do maintenance until its too late and then abandons her.
She suffers in a used car lot, then ends up in the possession of a small-time drunk. She suffers even worse in his care before the climax–a junkyard.
Director Geronimi showcases the suffering, one upping it every time.
The animation’s great, the pacing’s great, it’s just a disquieting cartoon. Geronimi and Peet introduce a lovable character only to make her suffer.
Directed by Clyde Geronimi; screenplay by Bill Peet and Don DaGradi, based on a story by Peet; animated by Bob Carlson, Ollie Johnston, Hal King and Cliff Nordberg; music by Paul J. Smith; produced by Walt Disney; released by RKO Radio Pictures.
Starring Stan Freberg (Junkyard owner); narrated by Sterling Holloway.
Posted in 1952, Animation, Color, Comedy, English, Family, RKO Radio Pictures, Short, USA
Tagged Bill Peet, Bob Carlson, Cliff Nordberg, Clyde Geronimi, Don DaGradi, Hal King, Ollie Johnston, Paul J. Smith, Stan Freberg, Sterling Holloway, Walt Disney
Instead of padding Goliath II out to an exhausting fifteen minutes, director Reitherman and writer Bill Peet should have concentrated on making it a good seven minute cartoon. Worse, there are animation problems every few frames in Goliath, like whoever photographed the cells didn’t know how to focus; at seven minutes, it might not look like such a mishmash.
The story involves a mouse-sized elephant and the problems he causes for his herd. From the first few seconds, it’s clear the story will either resolve with him growing to regular size or using his pint-size to the betterment of the herd.
I won’t spoil it, but it’s painfully obvious during the cartoon.
Reitherman does have some nice sequences–particularly a jungle at night one–but Goliath‘s mostly a waste of time in terms of animation.
It almost feels like a failed feature project, given the ballooned plot.
Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman; written by Bill Peet; music by George Bruns; produced by Walt Disney; released by Buena Vista Distribution Company.
Starring Kevin Corcoran (Goliath II), Barbara Jo Allen (Goliath II’s Mother), Paul Frees (The Mouse), Verna Felton (Eloise) and J. Pat O’Malley (Goliath I); narrated by Sterling Holloway.
Posted in 1960, Animation, Color, Comedy, English, Family, Short, USA
Tagged Barbara Jo Allen, Bill Peet, George Bruns, J. Pat O'Malley, Kevin Corcoran, Paul Frees, Sterling Holloway, Verna Felton, Walt Disney, Wolfgang Reitherman