Holiday Highlights (1940)
Article 5863 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Tex Avery
Featuring the voices of Tex Avery, Sara Berner, Mel Blanc
What it is: Blackout gag Looney Toon
A look is taken at the various holidays throughout the year.
Cartoons are rarely at their best in blackout-gag style cartoons, but they’re usually at least mildly entertaining. The appearance of a witch and Santa in their respective holidays adds the fantastic content to this one, though I should like to point out that their respective blackout gags are a little too similar. Furthermore, I’m pretty sure there’s an aesthetic limitation to the number of dog-and-tree gags you can have in a cartoon without it starting to feel like a lazy gag (one), and this one breaks that rule. Overall, this one is par for the course, neither much better or much worse than others of its type.