Sport Chumpions (1941)
Article 5498 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Friz Freleng
Featuring the voices of Jim Bannon, Mel Blanc, Robert C. Bruce
What it is: Warner Brothers cartoon
A series of blackout gags are made about sports.
This is pretty much the same thing as the previously reviewed FONEY FABLES except that sports is the theme rather than fairy tales, and though that doesn’t lend itself to fantastic content as well as the earlier one did, it gets by because one of the gags involves a mermaid. It’s also even less involving than FONEY FABLES; the only gag that worked for me involved the types of popular dives used in swimming. There isn’t even a running gag to add to the fun. Granted, I’m not a sports fan, and it might be funnier to someone who was, but I found this one dull. However, there is one point of interest; some of the animation is particularly convincing, especially during the swimming events. This does leave me wondering if a certain amount of rotoscoping was used to make this one.