Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Jolly Roger Speaks

A pirate flag uses its own bones as telescopes in the 1935 Ub Iwerks ComiColor short Sinbad the Sailor.



The Iwerks ubiquitous radiating lines appear.



The skull turns to the pirate and says something I cannot understand.



This passed for a gag at the Iwerks studio.

Some of the animation is good and there are some imaginative directoral touches (panning into characters, overhead shots) but anyone who thinks this is close in quality to the Fleischer Sindbad two-reeler released the same year has been yo-ho-ho-ing too much rum.

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