Klaun Ferdinand a raketa (1963)

aka Rocket to Nowhere, Clown Ferdinand and the Rocket
Article 3924 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 5-2-2012
Posting Date: 5-12-2012
Directed by Jindrich Polak
Featuring Jiri Vrstala, Hanus Bor, Vladimir Horka
Country: Czechoslovakia
What it is: Children’s comedy

Clown Ferdinand encounters a rocket and a robot that can turn invisible.

Apparently, several movies have been made with the character of Clown Ferdinand, which leads me to believe that he was a fairly popular children’s character. If the plot description above is threadbare, that’s because any real plot thread seems to be hidden in the dialogue, which, since it isn’t in English, I can’t follow. Still, that’s not a big factor here, as the movie mostly seems to focus on various slapstick comic scenes which don’t require much in the way of explanation. It’s juvenile and only slightly amusing, but what else do you really expect from a movie like this? Still, I will give the movie credit for one thing; at least Clown Ferdinand comes across as likable and not annoying, and for adults having to watch these movies, that’s a definite plus. The robot (when he’s visible) resembles Robby a little, and he actually gets the biggest laugh when he does a little dance routine. The movie is inconsequential, but harmless.

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