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The Australian Platypus (1949)

We meet the duck-billed platypus, and see it romance a female platypus. When the male mistakes a duck for the female, she gets haughty and stalks off; he swims after her, and appears to be ... See full summary »

Director:

Bert Felstead

Writers:

Ralph Wright (story supervisor), Reg Parlett (story)
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We meet the duck-billed platypus, and see it romance a female platypus. When the male mistakes a duck for the female, she gets haughty and stalks off; he swims after her, and appears to be in peril. They kiss and make up underwater, and fall madly in love. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

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The Platypus See more »

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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)
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Featured in Animaland (1998) See more »

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Frühlingslied (Spring Song)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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No Duck-Billed Platitudes for Me
3 August 2014 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Even Ogden Nash couldn't get much of a comic poem out of the Duck-Billed Platypus. Given that, it is hardly surprising that this entry in David Hand's short-lived "Animaland" series for British Gaumont is good but not great.

The artwork is impeccable in the candybox style that was already gone from American animation and there is a small female chorus that sings a romantic little song that ends the courtship of two shy young platypuses -- platypii? Platypodes? OK, a young boy platypus and a young girl platypus -- in an intensely anthropomorphic fashion that is at odds with the realistic illustrations. However, I do like the comic relief of the kookaburras and the ending joke is decent.


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