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Reviews written by Unknown Tag: 'Username' (2 reviews)

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To All The Ghouls I've Loved Before Unknown Tag: 'pic_title'
1985 85001
Hanna-Barbera Studios
 featuring Scooby-Doo, Shaggy Rogers, Scrappy-Doo, Flim Flam, Vincent Van Ghoul, Weerd, Bogel

To All The Ghouls I've Loved Before BCDB Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8/5 stars from 63 users.)


How many times can you pun on the word "Ghoul"? 2 out of 5 stars


Reviewed by: peterhale, July 01, 2011

At last Scooby Doo meets real ghosts (or rather, demons). But the mix of Scooby humour, real demons, two goofy ghosts, tiresome street kid Flim Flam and a rather overdrawn likeness of Vincent Price does not stir together well, and the wooden animation flattens out any real tension. (When the villagers start to turn into werewolves they just stand there clawing the air until Shaggy and Scooby have finished quaking with fear and found a way out - no attempt to heighten the sense of threat even by cuting to point-of-view close-ups: everyone just stands there.)
Weird geography, too: Scooby and pals crash their plane in the Himalayas, and find a Tibetan-style temple - but the nearby village, cursed with lycanthropy, is straight out of Hollywood's version of Transylvania. The Carpathian Mountains (home of Dracula) and the Himalayas are 3000 miles apart!

Did they edit two episodes into one and hope no-one would notice?
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King-Size Canary Unknown Tag: 'pic_title'
1947 MPAA: # 12307 54
 featuring Canary, Cat, Mouse, Dog

King-Size Canary On Video!  King-Size Canary BCDB Rating: 1.6 out of 5 stars (1.6/5 stars from 67 users.)

The Build-Up 10 out of 5 stars


Reviewed by: peterhale, July 23, 2006

I think what makes "King-Size Canary" so great is the careful build-up that leads us to accept the basic premise. Whether this was conscious or the story just evolved like that I don't know, but there is a definite step-by-step dismantling of our disbelief.

First, the cat's desperate hunger is established, and when he loses his scraps to the other cats we feel sorry for him - we want him to find food.

The fridge in the kitchen promises food, but the dog is stopping him. Now comes the first "it does what it says on the label" gag: the cat produces a box of sleeping pills and pours them into the dog's jaws. The dog falls asleep INSTANTLY. This is funny because we know it wouldn't work like that in real life but we're rooting for the cat so we WANTED it to work: but it isn't just a one-off gag - we've been drawn into the expectation "it does what it says on the label"!

The shining fridge is empty! We are as shocked as the cat, and our desire for him to find food is heightened. Ransacking the kitchen he finds one lone can of catfood! Hurrah! On opening it he finds it contains a live mouse (second "idwisotl" gag: "it does what it says on the label" - a mouse is traditionally cat food - "but not necessarily the way you'd expect!").
The mouse talks the cat out of eating him ("I've seen this picture...I save your life!") and promises him a big fat canary in the next room.

When the canary turns out to be scrawnier than the mouse we feel the cat's despair at having been (apparently) cheated.

So when the cat sees the Jumbo-Gro we are ahead of him! As he slowly has the idea that it might just be worth a try we are screaming at him: yes! yes! do it! We have totally bought the premise!

Only now can the rest of the film play out the twists and turns of its one joke, until, ideas exhausted, it comes up with the best excuse for a lame-ending-to-a-cartoon-that-has-nowhere-else-to-go in the history of animation: “We’ve run out of the stuff!” So logical; so inevitable… and then the payoff long-shot to show how far they’ve gone!

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