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Le Escape Goat (1967)

Suspended for incompetence, the Inspector tries to protect the Commissioner from a vengeful criminal, but keeps getting implicated instead.

Director:

Gerry Chiniquy

Writer:

Jim Ryan (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Paul Frees ... Commissioner (voice)
Pat Harrington Jr. ... Inspector (voice)
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An elusive criminal is making attempts on the Surete Commissioner's life. But each time, Inspector Clouseau is caught in an implicating position and is blamed for the attempted assassinations by the Commissioner, who has always had doubts about the bumbling Inspector's loyalty. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Takinkääntäjä See more »

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Mono

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Color
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The bumbling of good intentions
22 July 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Between 1965 and 1969, DePatie-Freleng Enterprises made 34 cartoons featuring one of their best characters The Inspector in their (perhaps) second most popular and second best theatrical series after The Pink Panther. Theatrical series that included those for The Ant and the Aardvark, Roland and Rattfink, Hoot Kloot, Misterjaw, The Blue Racer, The Dogfather and Tijuana Toads, of those series the most familiar ones after Pink Panther and The Inspector to me are The Ant and the Aardvark.

The Inspector theatrical series was a variable one, few if any though were less than average and most ranged between average and very good. 'Le Escape Goat' is one of the relatively decent, just about above average The Inspector cartoons, but in my view it is safe to say that 'Le Escape Goat' is not one of the best cartoons in the series. Others are far funnier and far more imaginative, though there are enough still of the usual strengths that The Inspector series has throughout.

'Le Escape Goat's' best component is the animation. Simple, especially in the abstract backgrounds, but lovingly drawn and detailed, while the colours are rich and pop out. The music is suitably jaunty and slinky. No matter how good or disappointing the cartoon is, The Inspector himself is an enormously fun character. His bumbling is very amusing but his good intentions are admirable.

Can totally understand though the Commissioner's frustration and that conflict is handled quite well. There is a certain degree of charm and it is amusing at times. Pat Harrington does a great job as always as The Inspector and Paul Frees makes a welcome return voicing the Commissioner.

Story however is very predictable throughout and could have done with much more spark on the energy front. Do think that there could have been more gags and that there could have, although they are hardly unfunny, been more imagination in the ones that were there.

Other The Inspector cartoons are sharper in the physical comedy and wittier and more ironic in the verbal humour. It is hard too not to miss Deux Deux and how well he contrasted with The Inspector, because there isn't really another character here really that has the same amount of memorability or entertainment value.

An above average The Inspector cartoon but not a great one. 6/10


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