The House of Tomorrow (1949)
Article 5870 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Tex Avery
Featuring the voices of Frank Graham, Don Messick, and the body of Joi Lansing
What it is: Tex Avery blackout gag cartoon
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Yes, it’s another Tex Avery blackout gag style cartoon. The last time I covered one of these was in another Tex Avery cartoon, and though that was for Warner Brothers, this is for MGM. In the last review, I mentioned that there should only be one dog-and-tree gag, and though this doesn’t have any, it does have the dog-and-fire-hydrant gag, which is pretty much the same thing; however, he restricts it to one. Instead, he peppers this one with as many mother-in-law gags as he can, which gets equally old. Overall, though, this is a good cartoon, but for Tex to be at his best, you really have to catch him in a non-blackout style cartoon; give him the right character, and he can go nuts with it. And, for the adults, there is a clip of Joi Lansing; this is proof positive that many cartoons weren’t made only for kiddies.