A scene from THE GOOSE GOES SOUTH, directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

The Goose Goes South (1941, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera)

There aren’t any real gags in The Goose Goes South until the finish. And that gag is sort of predictable.

The cartoon concerns a goose who can’t fly and therefore has to find other ways south for the winter. The uncredited narrator explains the goose’s problem and describes some of his adventures.

But The Goose Goes South is really—for the most part—just an excuse to make fun of the South. Whether it’s inbred “hillbillies,” the cartoon’s term, or a moonshiner—or even two Southern gentlemen who prove the most moronic—the cartoon’s constantly slinging mud at the South.

And it’s funny.

Hanna and Barbera’s direction isn’t exactly inspired, but the animation is all solid. The locations don’t change much, but when they do—the first scene and last—they look quite good.

Goes South moves very fast, probably because of the narration, and it’s a pleasant, slight diversion.

2/3Recommended

CREDITS

Directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera; animated by Ed Barge, Pete Burness and Irven Spence; music by Scott Bradley; produced by Fred Quimby; released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

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