Retro: The Unquiet American


Dave Fleischer
USA 1933
11 min

This loony Dave Fleischer sing-along (1933) begins and ends as an animated cartoon, but a lengthy and irrelevant live-action sequence is inserted in the ­middle, like the filling in a sandwich. In fact, this needs to be cross-referenced, period racism and all, with Tex Avery’s <![CDATA[<i>]]>Happy Go Nutty<![CDATA[</i>]]> (1944) as another self-referential and politically incorrect view of ­insanity – though arguably not even Avery could have come up with the crazed conceit of eggs used as deadly weapons against rifles.

This film is screened together with <filmlink id=\"3130\">Screwball Squirrel</filmlink>, <filmlink id=\"3131\">Duck Amuck</filmlink>, <filmlink id=\"3132\">Incontinence: A Diarrhetic Flow of Mismatches</filmlink> and <filmlink id=\"3133\">On the Marriage Broker Joke as Cited by Sigmund Freud in Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious, or Can the Avant-Garde Artist Be Wholed?</filmlink>.

  • Budd Hulick
  • Frederick Chase Taylor
Max Fleischer
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