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Room and Wrath (1956)

Smedley, manager of the "Snowtel" where Chilly Willy is visiting, notices Chilly has not paid his bill. When Chilly still refuses to pay, Smedley tries various methods of evicting him but ... See full summary »

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Alex Lovy

Writer:

Homer Brightman (story)
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Daws Butler ... Smedley (voice)
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Smedley, manager of the "Snowtel" where Chilly Willy is visiting, notices Chilly has not paid his bill. When Chilly still refuses to pay, Smedley tries various methods of evicting him but all his attempts are thwarted either by Chilly or his own ineptitude. Eventually, the scenario culminates in Smedley chasing Chilly outside with Chilly tricking him into running into a whale's mouth. Finally, Chilly believes Smedley to be gone and returns to the "Snowtel"...only to find Smedley in bed next to him and still asking, "How 'bout this bill, Boy?" Written by Matt Yorston <george.y@ns.sympatico.ca>

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1956 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Color (Technicolor)
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Chilly Willy and Smedley at the snowtel
24 July 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Chilly Willy's best cartoons were perfect examples of how a potentially one-joke character and concept could end up actually being a perfect mix of the cute and the funny with a lot of colour and good comic timing to go with it.

The jewels in the crown of the Chilly Willy cartoons will always be those directed by Tex Avery, especially 'Legend of Rockabye Point', at least to me. 'Room and Wrath' is still cute and fun though. Apart from a pleasantly and surprisingly atypical ending and the snowtel setting, it is a predictable cartoon and there are funnier and more imaginative Chilly Willy cartoons (again especially Avery's efforts). There is a lot of what makes the best of Chilly Willy as worthwhile as they are though.

Animation quality is not always smooth and refined in the drawing, though both Chilly and Smedley are drawn well, but there are some lovely colours that have real atmosphere and simple but handsomely rendered backgrounds. The music is full of lively bounce and character, with luscious orchestration. It not only adds to the action and visuals but enhances them too.

'Room and Wrath's' timing is very good, if not as perfect as Avery's Chilly Willy cartoons, and the gags are plenty and are never less than amusing. The ending is a standout, a very rare case of Smedley being the one that gets the upper hand.

While Chilly is adorable without being too cutesy and has some enjoyable moments (he and Pingu contributed towards my lifelong love for penguins), he is upstaged though in the humour department by the much funnier Smedley, who is a little more interesting as a character and a great foil for the little penguin. Their rapport is terrific.

Overall, cute and fun, well worth catching. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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