It’s a Greek Life (1936)

It’s a Greek Life (1936)
Article 5887 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 11-21-2020
Directed by Dan Gordon
Voice cast unknown
Country: USA
What it is: Cartoon about Greek mythology

A centaur cobbler dreams of flying like Pegasus, so when Mercury leaves his winged boots at his shop for repair, the centaur can’t resist trying them out on himself.

This one really isn’t all that good, but I rather like it. Part of it is that it’s just a rather weird cartoon by any standard, but the second is that it chooses mythology for its inspiration rather than, say, fairy tales. It also gets away with a surprising amount of near nudity, especially for a cartoon that was made while the Hays office was in effect; I guess the fact that the Greek statues were nude didn’t bother them. Most of the humor is supposed to come from the centaur’s relationship with a pair of ducks who ultimately are responsible for most of the centaur’s problems. Still, this cartoon isn’t really like any other one in its era, and that’s rather refreshing.

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