23 August 2009 | guenzeld
lovely humor, lovely caricature
From its opening scenes, which contain a very pretty rendition of a popular Spanish tune adapted by composer Carl Stalling, to its satisfying conclusion, we have here a good example of the Warner cartoon "machine" operating at peak performance. The caricatures, as embodied in the crows, are charming while the humor is quite sophisticated, especially if one pays close attention to the dialog.
Mel Blanc was, of course, famous for his delightful Mexican accent (which he often used to good effect on the old Jack Benny program) and here, having to voice both characters, he manages to give each a wholly distinctive personality. The wry humor of Blanc complements well with that of the writers.
The animation is on the same high level as all other Warner cartoons, not as frenetic, perhaps, as some others but always solid. Friz Freleng's direction in spot-on for he creates, really creates, a slow, idyllic Mexican countryside with beautifully observed backgrounds and situations.
This one is well worth a look and I can unequivocally recommend it.