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The Puppetoon Movie

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4.1 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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Enter a world of animated movie magic from eight time Academy Award winner George Pal. Hosted by Gumby, Pokey, and new pal Arnie the Dinosaur, THE PUPPETOON MOVIE features classic characters like Tubby the Tuba, Jasper in a Jam, and Speedy Alka-Seltzer. With hip jazz tunes from Charlie Barnet and Louis Armstrong, and as many as 5,000 individually carved puppets per short, THE PUPPETOON MOVIE will astound and delight children and film buffs of all ages!

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Before Wallace and Gromit, before Gumby and Pokey, Hungarian-born animator and director George Pal (1908-1980) created the stop-motion shorts he dubbed "Puppetoons." Arnold Leibovit has assembled an affectionate tribute to Pal that includes animation from 11 "Puppetoons." Twelve other films are included on the DVD version, although there's some overlap. Pal used his charming little figures in miniature Busby Berkeley numbers and simple boy-meets-girl stories. But he could tackle more serious subjects, as he proved in "Tulips Shall Grow" (1943). He caricatured the Nazi wehrmacht as the goose-stepping, robotic Screwball Army, attacking Holland (where the artist had made his first films before coming to America). His most endearing short is probably "Tubby the Tuba" (1947), the story of an eager little horn who wants his song to be heard. In 1947, Ebony praised Pal's "John Henry and the Inky Poo" (1946) as "that rarest of Hollywood products that has no Negro stereotypes, but rather treats the Negro with dignity, imagination, poetry, and love." But the magazine criticized his series about Jasper, a little African American boy. These films have aged less gracefully, and modern viewers may find jokes about watermelon, haunted houses, and other standards of ethnic humor objectionable. Not rated: suitable for ages 8 and up. Parents may want to monitor the use of ethnic stereotypes. --Charles Solomon


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Product details

  • Actors: Paul Frees, Dal McKennon, Art Clokey, Dick Beals
  • Directors: Arnold Leibovit
  • Writers: Arnold Leibovit
  • Producers: Arnold Leibovit
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2000
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004Z4VL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,336 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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