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Hamateur Night (1939)

One of the many theatrical cartoons produced by Leon Schlesinger before he sold out to Warner Brothers, Hamateur Night is a hidden gem of a cartoon that is underappreciated by much of the viewing public. For one thing, it was not only directed by Tex Avery, it also features Avery as the voice of the hippo who laughs so hard he can hardly take his next breath. It also features Egghead, the precursor to Elmer Fudd, in a starring role. It is also a parody of 'Amateur Night', a feature of depression-era theaters, in which amateur actors (hence the appeal to the theater owners, who didn't have to pay them) gave short performances that were judged by the audience. Avery was not at the top of his game here, as he was still in development, but this is still worth your viewing. And at the very end, try to imagine painting one of those cels.


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