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The Puppetoon Movie (1987)





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The Puppetoon Movie is a tribute to the genius of special-effects maven George Pal. Long before assembling such dynamite feature films as The War of the Worlds, tom thumb and The Time Machine, Pal was top man in the field of stop-motion photography. Utilizing as many a five thousand separate wooden figures for each of his short subjects (variously titled "Puppetoons" and "Merry Madcaps"), Pal turned out such gems as Tubby the Tuba and John Henry and the Inky Poo. This compilation contains nine shorts, some produced while Pal was still working in the Netherlands (he barely escaped Hitler's deadly wrath after producing a potent anti-Nazi parable), others while he was releasing his films through the facilities of Paramount Pictures in the 1940s. The Puppetoon Movie is hosted by a star who can truly say that he owes his very existence to the standards set by George Pal: Art Clokey's whimsical "eraser boy" Gumby.
Animation , Comedy , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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This is a beautiful film, and hopefully will someday find a following. It's too trippy to be lost forever.

Alexander Teeguarden
Alexander Teeguarden

The film is a collection of George Pal short films sewn together in 1987 and book ended by Gumby and friends and the film feels like a vain attempt by Georeg Pal fans to save his work from obscurity in an ever changing world. Not that, that is a bad thing because his stop animation is ground breaking and his story telling is superb and he definetely has his own style, but some modern viewers might be puzzled by the 1930ish stereotypes employed in the film. Pal was Danish so his perspective is that of a European on Americana culture, and everyone is caracterized (even sections of suggested sexuality. 70 years beforeTeam America, puppets having sex.) 2 things I noticed was he was apparently a big fan of Harlem style Jazz (which was huge in Europe) and he did a remarkable portait of the story of John Henry and dumped the usual cartoonish sterotypes he usually employed and made a serious attempt at a heroic telling of Henry's doomed contest against mechanized Inky poo.

Bobby Diablo
Bobby Diablo

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