30 November 2006 | boblipton
This rarely-seen cartoon from Rudolph Ising shows that he was still watching what the competition was doing and trying to equal or better it -- Fantasia had come out the year before and this looks like his reply to it. But to my taste it doesn't work, marred by the excessive sentimentality and "it's for the kiddies" mentality that lingered at his and Hugh Harman's studio.
Hanna and Barbera had already moved across the hall to work for Fred Quimby directly at MGM, taking their vicious streaks with them, and while FANTASIA could do with one or two "for the kiddies" sequence among its variety of offerings, this solo short must be viewed on its own merits: beautifully backgrounded, lovely music conducted by the talented Scott Brady, but utterly banal. There's nothing wrong in doing something for the kiddies, but I could watch A CORNY CONCERTO, Termite Terrace's reply to FANTASIA, with pleasure when I was three and I can still watch it with pleasure half a century later. That's the difference between competence and greatness.
Ising learned and he did start to turn out cartoons fit for man as well as boy. But it was too little and too late.