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Cassandra

That was baffling. Horrible music for the most part, but I loved Duval and Williams. (This was apparently before Williams found out how irresistibly funny he was.)

Lance

Cassandra, it was Williams' first movie.

Cassandra

I think the sweetness won me over, despite a lot of things. This was not project suited to Altman's style, I think.

Lance

C, it was sweet in its way, wasn't it. Kids love it. Well, little kids. My big one didn't.

Lance

C, but as for not fitting with Altman's style, you're right, but I think it wasn't the subject or the fact that it was a fantasy as opposed to his usual hyper-realistic movies---it was that he didn't seem to know how to direct or photograph the physical comedy. Have you seen The Company? This makes me wonder how he handled actual dance.

Cassandra

I love The Company, and thought he did a wonderful job with the dance scenes. Of course, I believe he said there was a lot of outsourcing done with that film. "Popeye" just displays too much of the downside of that famous laissez-faire approach; the physical comedy, the singing, even the violence seems very half-assed, and not nearly cartoonish enough.

I am loving these old cartoons, by the way... they didn't play these on TV when I was growing up.

Lance

I think that The Company was as much Neve Campbell's movie as Altman's. She might have had a lot of influence over the staging and shooting of the dance scenes.

You couldn't watch the cartoons where you were when you were a kid? You poor deprived child. We had a half hour of them every morning when I was in grade school. I used to get up at 6 to watch them.

Lance

I'd better shut down all these YouTube windows, though, or I'll be up all night watching them.

Cassandra

They played the ones from the 50s or 60s, when he wore a white suit... not nearly so entertaining as these.

Well, I must to bed now, Lance. Thanks so much for the movie night, the old cartoons, and the trivia. And yes, especially the old cartoons... I'm going to be all over YouTube tomorrow, I can tell.

Lance

He got the white sailor suit when he joined the US Navy during World War II. I never liked it as much or those cartoons either. I was sort of interested that Olive became something of a dish though. My sexual awakening was brought on by a cartoon character?

Goodnight, C. Thanks for stopping by.

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