Sweet and Sourdough (1969)

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16 September 2020 | TheLittleSongbird
| Neither sweet or sour
Up to this point of the interesting but uneven Roland and Rattfink series, with 'Sweet and Sourdough' being only the fifth cartoon (of seventeen), there had been a particularly awful, or even good cartoon. At the same time, there had also not been a particularly great, or even good one either. All five veered between average and decent without being any more or any less than that, meaning on the most part watchable but nothing special.

There is nothing in 'Sweet and Sourdough' that is enough to make it go sour, but there is not enough in it to make it go sweet. Instead, 'Sweet and Sourdough' is average and watchable but not much stands out. The Roland and Rattfink series was only five cartoons in, but of the five, 'Sweet and Sourdough' on reflection may be the weakest. Didn't care enormously for 'Hurts and Flowers' but it at least tried to do something different, or at least do something different from the formula. Didn't find that the case here, which is why to me it is marginally worse.

'Sweet and Sourdough' does have good things. The animation has a lot of vibrant colour, doesn't look rushed looking and the cartoon has one of the more vivid settings of the series. The music is a continual good thing in the series and it still is here, anybody who loves the music for the Ant and the Aardvark series will like the music here.

Although the gags are not enough and are very familiar, there are amusing moments if mildly so. Both Roland and Rattfink, the latter in Snidely Whiplash mode, are served equally well and are nice to watch, as is their chemistry. The voice acting suits the characters well.

On the other hand, 'Sweet and Sourdough' suffers from that it feels very predictable and repetitive in the story, apart from the setting it is standard Roland and Rattfink in a formula that is not a new one in the first place, and that not enough of the material, again very derivative of gags seen in other cartoons and better, is very funny. The ending, better aspects for some of the series' other cartoons, for instance is not particularly inspired at all.

While not completely dull, 'Sweet and Sourdough' never properly comes to life pace-wise and is quite routine generally instead. Giving it a bland feel, which not every cartoon in the series has. Nothing really is done terribly in 'Sweet and Sourdough', there is just little that stands out either.

In conclusion, didn't do an awful lot for me but a long way from being terrible. 5/10

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Animation | Short


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25 June 1969



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