The Two-Headed Giant (1939)

Article 4591 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 7-27-2014
Directed by Connie Rasinski
Voice actors unknown
Country: USA
What it is: Animated comic fairy tale

A two-headed giant comes down from his castle in the clouds to attack a kingdom on the ground. Jack the Giant Killer rides to the rescue.

In my recent run of cartoons, this is my third foray into the world of Terrytoons, and it’s easily the best of the three. The animation is much more fluid, the music actually contributes to the action, and there are moments that are downright clever. Of the latter, I quite like, for example, a gag in which the giant tries to walk while one of its heads is still asleep, but can’t get half of his body to work because of it; it’s the type of gag that indicates a little inspiration and thought were going on, and they weren’t just sleepwalking through the creation of this. Still, most of the cartoon is on the ordinary side, and the cartoon is practically over by the time that Jack shows up. Nevertheless, this is one of the better cartoons I’ve seen from this studio.

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