Monday, 6 January 2014

That Cow is Dragon

The Disney cartoon “Hell’s Bells” has some familiar routines used at a number of studios in the late ‘20s and early ’30s: wide open mouth swallowing the camera, three characters dividing the same action—and a preoccupation with udders.

In this clever variation, a dragon/cow is “milked.” But being a dragon-cow from the underland of fire and brimstone, its milk is actually flames.

There are lots of great character designs and the usual rubber hose animation that makes you forget there’s no plot. The animation of the flames is good, too. And you get some fine music, including “Funeral March of a Marionette” and “Fingal’s Cave.”

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