Posted: March 02, 2005
It's a Gas
Ub Iwerks' solo output was a bit of mixed bag, to say the least. But as his staff grew in experience and confidence, his studio produced some real gems before it folded.
Stratos Fear is prime example of why I find 1930's animation such a joy to watch. It's not quite as fearlessly irreverent or packed wall-to wall with hilariously bizarre jokes as "Porky in Wackyland" Nor is it as creepy and mysterious as "Bimbo's Initiation." But it comes really close!
"Stratos Fear" has a lot in common with these two other cartoons, and if you've enjoyed them, then you're likely to get a kick out of this one too. Not much of a plot either. Just the little guy travelling through a fantasyland alternating with horrors and delights.
There's some creepily creative character design in the backwards-talking inhabitants of the mysterious planet, beatiful background scenery and a great jazzy soundtrack.
By the way, this was over 50 years before David Lynch's backwards talking midget in "Twin Peaks!"
Throw in Harpo Marx, a Sexy Ancient Egyptian, a transmogrifier gun, self-playing musical instruments, and you've got a Whopper!
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