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Bugged in a Rug (1968)

G | | Animation, Short | 1968 (USA)
Charlie trips on a hole in his carpet and decides the family needs a new one. He buys one but decides to install it himself (rather than hiring a professional). Things do not go smoothly. ... See full summary »

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Paul J. Smith
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Credited cast:
Paul Frees ... Charlie Beary (voice)
Grace Stafford ... Bessie Beary (voice)
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Charlie trips on a hole in his carpet and decides the family needs a new one. He buys one but decides to install it himself (rather than hiring a professional). Things do not go smoothly. He gets in hot water with a policeman on the way home and breaks a window with the carpet upon returning. In moving the furniture to install the carpet, Charlie gets a lamp knocked on his head, drops a piano through the floor, and smashes a police car with a runaway TV set (again angering the policeman). Finally, the furniture is moved outside but it starts to rain! Luckily, Junior covers the furniture...with the carpet. They finally get the carpet laid but it apparently shrinks when wet and is reduced to a tiny size! Again, all that trouble goes to waste! Written by Matt Yorston <george.y@ns.sympatico.ca>

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Animation | Short

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G
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USA

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English

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1968 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Charlie and the rug
5 November 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have been increasingly unsure what to make of "The Beary Family" cartoons as an overall series, whether to stand by my initial statement of for Walter Lantz Studios' final series it not being as bad as anticipated or judging from the awfulness of the worst cartoons to take it back. Sorry if this sounds confusing.

Due to that there are some decent or watchable "Beary Family" cartoons, especially 'Fowled-Up Birthday' and 'Mother's Little Helper' (both directed by Jack Hannah, who generally is a much stronger animation director than Paul J. Smith and his cartoons much better). However, there are also a fair share of horrible ones, as seen with as far as previous cartoons go 'Goose in the Rough' and especially 'Charlie's Mother-in-Law'. While there are worse "Beary Family" cartoons, 'Bugged in a Rug' is still a noisy mess of a cartoon and closer to the horrible quality category than to the watchable one.

It is indicative of when the studio and Paul J. Smith were at their worst the cartoons were very weak at best, coming from a big lifelong animation fan who tries to be quite lenient when watching and reviewing it. Even the weakest Chilly Willy and Woody Woodpecker cartoons were as bad as the worst cartoons from this series, and some of the later Woody Woodpecker cartoons in particular were not good.

Saving graces are only a few but they are there. One is the music, which is energetic and lushly orchestrated, succeeding in single-handedly giving the little energy the cartoon has. Am liking the main theme more and more every time upon hearing it. The other is Paul Frees' voice work as Charlie, he shows his ability to create a likable character with good comic timing, despite his lacking material and less than inspired situations there's something about Charlie that makes him easy to like and relate to. As indicated, the only funny, interesting or likable character here is Charlie, and he does have a few amusing pieces of dialogue.

However, Junior is all dim half-wit and no endearing good-intentioner. Like many 60s Lantz-studio cartoons, the animation is not good, a problem in even the best cartoons in the series. Time and budget constraints shows in a lot of the animation, which is very rushed looking in the drawing and detail wise it's on the simplistic and careless side with colours that lack vibrancy and a fair share of goofs. The story is not much of one at all and what there is is sloppily timed and without anything surprising or imaginative, predictability is non-stop and the ending can be seen from miles away.

'Bugged in a Rug' once again is not funny, unlike the first two cartoons in the series directed by Jack Hannah and a few other Smith-directed efforts. There are a lot of gags, but here they are far too noisy and chaotic, irritating for the sake of it, and are memorable for their lack of taste and both clumsy and sloppy timing than their wit. Hannah's efforts had none of those faults when it came to the humour. Occasionally the dialogue amuses in a cracking a small smile sort of way but it's hardly what one would call great.

Overall, weak. 3/10 Bethany Cox


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