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Symphony in Slang (1951)

At the gates of Heaven, the admitting officials have a hard time understanding a newcomer's life story with all his contemporary slang.

Director:

Tex Avery

Writer:

Rich Hogan (story)

Star:

John Brown
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
John Brown John Brown ... The Hipster / Noah Webster (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Various saints are logging details of everyone entering Heaven, but because they're a bit out of touch with early 1950s slang, they come up with some very strange impressions of a recently deceased young man's life when he describes it to them. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nimm's wörtlich! See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (original release)| Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (re-release)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's, animation Producer Fred Quimby was originally opposed to making this cartoon. But animation director, Tex Avery, used his witty vocabulary and convinced Quimby, by telling him that there was nothing else ready at the time for animation production, at M-G-M. See more »

Quotes

The Hipster: I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth.
[the Hipster's first remark to Noah Webster]
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Connections

References The Cuckoo Clock (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

On Green Dolphin Street
Music by Bronislau Kaper
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Slang has never been used this brilliantly or hilariously
18 October 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Love animation, it was a big part of my life as a child, particularly Disney, Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry, and still love it whether it's film, television or cartoons.

Also have much admiration for Tex Avery, an animation genius whose best cartoons are animated masterpieces and some of the best he ever did. 'Symphony in Slang' to me is one of his best, certainly among his funniest and cleverest. The limitations in animation at the time shows at times in some lacking in finesse backgrounds, but Avery still makes the most of these limitations, with so much colour, a lot of visual imagination and characteristically unique character designs that it is easy to overlook. The entertainment value, creativity and clever construction are constant from start to finish.

Characterisation is spot on and John Brown gives a bravura vocal performance.

Typically, Avery does a wonderful job directing, with his unique, unlike-any-other visual and characteristic and incredibly distinctive wacky humour styles all over it as can be expected.

Once again there is nothing sadistic or repetitious, instead it's imaginative, wonderfully wild and hilarious, as is characteristic of Avery on form. Am not a fan of slang usually, but it is used brilliantly and had me in hysterics, even the more clichéd ones.

Some limited backgrounds aside, the animation is colourful with some inventive expressive moments. The music, courtesy of Scott Bradley, is lushly and cleverly orchestrated, with lively and energetic rhythms and fits very well indeed, a lot of the action is even enhanced by the music.

Altogether, another Avery classic with the most inspired use of slang to be found anywhere. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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