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Paste Makes Waste (1968)

G | | Animation, Short | 1968 (USA)
Charlie, all set for a day's golf game, is horrified to discover it is pouring rain outside. Bessie suggests that since he can't play golf, he can help wallpaper the house instead. Charlie ... 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, all set for a day's golf game, is horrified to discover it is pouring rain outside. Bessie suggests that since he can't play golf, he can help wallpaper the house instead. Charlie reluctantly agrees but is generally inept at everything he attempts, breaking a chair, having trouble getting his ladder to stay up, getting hit in the face with a board, getting stuck behind a wallpaper strip, and dealing with his knuckle-brained assistant, Junior. Much to Charlie's surprise, it is sunny outside an open window but still raining outside. The "rain" is really a hose pouring over the doorway, a ruse Bessie used to get him to stay home. Charlie plays golf anyway and is beset by a terrible thunderstorm! Written by Matt Yorston <george.y@ns.sympatico.ca>

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Animation | Short

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G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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1968 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Not a waste
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, 'Charlie's Mother-in-Law' being a prime example. There are certainly far worse "Beary Family" cartoons than 'Paste Makes Waste', and while it is more a very mediocre cartoon than a good one, let alone a great one, it's not a waste of time than the worst of the series.

'Paste Makes Waste' has its fair share of faults. Like many 60s Lantz-studio cartoons, the animation is not good. 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 pretty slight and contains few surprises or much imagination. Some of it is repetitive and clumsy too, while the pace could have been sharper and the way poor Charlie (the one sympathetic character in the whole cartoon) is treated is rather cruel and generally the cartoon suffers from a lack of compelling supporting characters, the rain included.

Junior is a bland character and Bessie continues to be an annoying and mean-spirited character that it beggars belief what Charlie ever saw in her. The truth behind the rain is quite cruel and one really does feel sorry for Charlie at the end, which cried out for a bit of happiness for him.

However, the music puts one in a good mood and is rousing and lush. A great job is done with the animosity between Charlie and the cricket.

For a Smith-directed "Beary Family" cartoon, while never hilarious or innovative some of the gags do tickle the funny bone (others are clumsy and predictable though). Charlie does have moments of amusing dialogue.

It was nice to see Charlie back in character after seeing him as a jerk in the previous cartoon 'Jerky Turkey', meaning the only likable, sympathetic and halfway amusing character. The voice acting is very good from Paul Frees, he really succeeds in making Charlie likable and has deft comic timing.

Overall, mediocre but okay enough for a one-time watch. 4/10 Bethany Cox


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