MUCH ADO ABOUT MUTTON (1947)
Article 5275 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Izzy Sparber
Featuring the voices of Sid Raymond and Arnold Stang
What it is: Blackie the Lamb cartoon
A ravenous wolf poses as a jazzman in order to lure Blackie’s nephews into a trap. Will Blackie be able to defeat his nemesis?
As far as the fantastic content goes, we’re in the usual cartoon territory with anthropomorphic animals and exaggerated gags, but that’s about it for genre content. Personally, I felt the quality of the cartoons produced by Paramount took a drop in quality after the Fleischer’s left, but they remained watchable. This one does manage to be energetic and it does have a few creative gags to its credit, my favorite involving eardrums. Blackie the Lamb was one of their regular characters, though I don’t know just how many cartoons were made involving the character. This one is okay; it’s not great, but has its moments.