All’s Fair at the Fair (1938)

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
Country: USA
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.



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  2. I love Fleischer cartoons, and was surprised I hadn’t seen this one. I watched it this morning and found it enjoyable. I agree with your assessment of the Fleischer cartoons from the early thirties. I’m always impressed by the stereoptical processes, so I like to look out for those in the cartoons. It was charming, and some funny scenes where I laughed out loud. I admired the Art Deco style as well. The Fleischers’ animators really excelled at drawing that style of architecture. Thanks for your post, and for sharing a cartoon I hadn’t seen before.

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