Fortune Hunters (1946)
Article 5832 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Connie Rasinski
Voice cast unknown
What it is: Gandy Goose cartoon
Gandy Goose dreams that a fortune teller leads him to the home of his grandfather, which turns out to be chock full of ghosts.
Perhaps I’m a little too hard on Terrytoons for over-using Mighty Mouse. After all, Mighty Mouse at least became something of a household name, which is more than you can say for the forgettable Gandy Goose. This one is listed in the Walt Lee guide because it featured a walk-through by the Frankenstein monster, but that’s selling it short in terms of its fantastic content; there’s also a talking tree, lots of ghosts, and a definite air of spookiness. What there isn’t is any real discernible plot; it’s ostensibly about Gandy Goose making a fortune with the help of his grandfather, but that plot line never gets off the ground; it’s mostly a series of ghost gags. Parts of it are pretty weird, so it has a little of that surreal vibe; unfortunately, the laughs are elusive. And it would have been nice if the Frankenstein monster had more of a resemblance to Boris Karloff than to Li’l Abner.