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Rah Rah Ruckus (1964)

An exhausted Charlie returns from work hoping to get some rest. However, Bessie informs him that their children, Junior and Suzy, have become school cheerleaders who (rather noisily) ... See full summary »


Paul J. Smith


Cal Howard


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Credited cast:
Paul Frees ... Charlie Beary / Junior Beary (voice)
Grace Stafford ... Bessie Beary / Suzy Beary (voice)


An exhausted Charlie returns from work hoping to get some rest. However, Bessie informs him that their children, Junior and Suzy, have become school cheerleaders who (rather noisily) practice their routines at home. Charlie is displeased by this (he loses more than one newspaper to their antics) and tries to stop practice but fails constantly. Examples: he throws Suzy's baton out the window but it boomerangs back and hits him in the face; he steals Junior's megaphone and is criticized by Bessie who now believes him to be the source of the noise. Written by Matt Yorston <george.y@ns.sympatico.ca>

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5 May 1964 (USA) See more »

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Rah Rah Racket
2 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, 'Rah Rah Ruckus' 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. The other is Paul Frees' voice work as Charlie, much more subtle here and 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, the rest of the Beary Family are really grating to the extent that it beggars belief what Charlie saw in Bessie and how he even stayed with them. Junior and Suzy are both annoying brats and Bessie's treatment of Charlie is absurdly over-the-top and cruel, her obliviousness to her children's treatment of Charlie and blaming him instead makes her worse than them. The only character who's well voiced is Charlie, Frees overdoes it as Junior sadly and Grace Stafford overacts especially as Bessie (a waste of a talented voice actress).

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 not much of one at all and what there is is sloppily timed and without anything surprising or imaginative, predictability is non-stop.

'Rah Rah Ruckus' is not funny, unlike the first two cartoons in the series directed by Jack Hannah. 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 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.

In summary, a noisy mess if not quite one of the series' worst. 3/10 Bethany Cox

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