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Sleepy Time Possum (1951)

Forest-dwelling possums, Ma and Pa O'Possum, are frustrated with their son, Junior, who is hanging from a tree by his tail, sleeping, instead of doing his chores. Pa dresses like a dog to ... See full summary »

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Forest-dwelling possums, Ma and Pa O'Possum, are frustrated with their son, Junior, who is hanging from a tree by his tail, sleeping, instead of doing his chores. Pa dresses like a dog to suddenly awaken Junior and scare him, in the hope that this will teach the young possum a lesson. Even though the precocious Junior is not frightened in the least by Pa's disguise, he runs away and leads his dad on a chase through the forest. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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A-Hunting We Will Go
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Lots of fun and one of McKimson's best
27 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

Robert McKimson may not be among my favourite animation directors but I do like him and his cartoons a fair bit. And Sleepy Time Possum is one of his best. It is very nicely animated, apart from the first scene between the mother and father possum which was a little scrappy, the colours are beautiful to look at and on the most part it is fluid. Carl Stalling's music is as lovely and energetic as ever, I have always admired how it's orchestrated and how it enhances the action and gags and Sleepy Time Possum is no exception. The dialogue is very funny and helped even more by Mel Blanc's bravura voice acting for all three characters. The pacing has energy, the chases are wonderfully frantic and orchestrated in a way that doesn't make them routine and the gags(most of the humour in Sleepy Time Possum in fact comes from the visual gags) all make their mark, there's plenty of them and they are memorable indeed. The characters are engaging too, the father possum being the funniest one. In conclusion, there is lots of fun to be had with Sleepy Time Possum, it is one of McKimson's best, not just of his miscellaneous stuff but overall(the rating might disagree but I put that down more to not many people having seen it). 10/10 Bethany Cox


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