18 July 2016 | TheLittleSongbird
Interesting if hit-and-miss take on various fairy-tales
Fritz Freleng's 'Foney Fables' had a good concept going for it, taking several fairy-tales in brief segments and putting a different spin on them. It doesn't come over completely successfully, with a number of hits but a few misses, but it is quite entertaining.
It is very light on plot, being basically an excuse to string along short vignettes of different fairy-tales, and while most of it is energetic some of the lesser vignettes lack oomph. There are some very funny moments here, but only a few parts are really hilarious while most of it is lightly entertaining and amusing, but overall there was a little more need of wit and consistency.
A few of the vignettes don't quite work in 'Foney Fables'. The weakest one is "Jack and the Beanstalk", the material with the giant being really lame and idiotic, can't believe Freleng would dream up something so unfunny. Not far behind is the "Sleeping Beauty" segment, that also went overboard with the silliness so what could have been an interesting twist on a popular fairy-tale falls flat. Was also very mixed on the "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" segment, it does entertain but could have done with a little consistent wit and some of the slang may go over people's heads.
There are some very good highlights though. The funniest and most successful vignette is the hilarious one with "The Boy Who Cried Wolf", which is one of the genuinely hilarious and clever ones. "This Little Piggy Went to Market" and "Old Mother Hubbard" are also funny and clever, and also loved the breaking the fourth-wall with Tom Thumb and what was done with the grasshopper in the "Grasshopper and the Ant" segment. While this reviewer described 'Foney Fables as hit and miss, the cartoon does hit more than it misses.
Regarding the animation and music, they are fantastic and the two consistent assets of 'Foney Fables'. The animation is bright and colourful as well as beautifully and smoothly drawn with lots of meticulous detail. Apart from the perhaps slight misplacement of Beethoven's 5th Symphony (which is a great piece on its own, but was in two minds whether it fitted) in the "Goose that Laid Golden Eggs" vignette, Carl Stalling's music score is lushly orchestrated, bursting with energy and character and is not only dynamic with the action but enhances it. Also consistently superb is the voice acting, especially from Mel Blanc, exuberant in multiple roles.
In summary, hit and miss but interesting. 7/10 Bethany Cox