Sunday, January 18, 2009

Cartoon a Day: Confusions of a Nutzy Spy

Confusions of a Nutzy Spy
Directed by Norman McCabe
Available on: Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 6

We finish off a week of World War II themed shorts with "Confusions of a Nutzy Spy." This film features Porky Pig as a police officer who, along with his hound Egbert, is chasing down an enemy spy.

There are only a handful of things in this short that tie it to the war...a Hitler mask that the dog runs across and the spy character's accent and use of a "heil Hitler" are about it. Many of the film's funniest bits come from sight gags at the beginning of the film. Once again you can really see how these films were aimed at adult audiences when the camera pans past two wanted posters featuring ugly crooks and then lands on a poster that says "Wanted" with a poster of a pin up girl.

The animation of the spy, Missing Lynx, is pretty funny. He has some great poses during a sequence where he's trying to blow up a bridge, but the dog keeps fetching the bomb and bringing it back to him.

This is a funny short, it's a shame that a few references to the war have kept it out of the public eye for so long.

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