All’s Fair at the Fair (1938)
Article 6024 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Dave Fleischer and Myron Waldman
Featuring the voices of Margie Hines and Jack Mercer
What it is: Fleischer Cartoon
A pair of country bumpkins visit the world’s fair and are impressed by the technological innovations on show.
The Fleischers hit their peak during the first half of the thirties; during the second half of the decade, I felt their wildness was being tamed to a kind of mild quaintness. If this particular cartoon had been made five years earlier, it would have been a lot zanier, and the visitors wouldn’t have been near as quaint as Elmer and Mirandy in this one. However, what with the plethora of technical innovations and robots, there is plenty of fantastic content; my favorite is the machine that builds houses by pouring the materials into a mold. It’s more whimsical than funny, but it’s an entertaining little cartoon.