KRAZY MAGIC (1938)
aka Krazy’s Magic
Article 4584 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Manny Gould and Ben Harrison
Featuring the voice of Mel Blanc
What it is: Krazy Kat cartoon
Krazy Kat and his girl Kitty take refuge from a storm in a creepy house where they are subjected to tricks by an invisible magician.
The original Krazy Kat was the central character of one of the most significant comic strips of the first half of the last century, but in the Columbia cartoons based on the character, he is little more than a Mickey Mouse clone. Furthermore, Columbia was a little slower than some of the other studios at making its cartoon input more sophisticated, so this one feels like one from the first half of the thirties rather than the later half. It’s mostly just a set of surreal gags that aren’t particularly funny or focused; the same setup has been used more effectively by other cartoons. Still, if you’ve developed a tolerance for cartoons of this ilk, it’s watchable enough.