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Insultin' the Sultan (1934)

Willie Whopper tells a tall tale of his girlfriend being carried off by a Sultan and his efforts to rescue her.

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Ub Iwerks (uncredited)
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Willie Whopper is telling his friend about the time he went to Constantinople with his girlfriend. As they approached an auction block selling dancing girls, the Sultan decided that Willie's girlfriend was the one he wanted and carried her off. The bulk of the cartoon is about Willie's efforts to rescue her and the obstacles he confronts along the way. Written by Julie Elliot (Shira) imdb@shira.net

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Animation | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1934 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Willie Whopper and the sultan

Ub Iwerks's Willie Whopper series of cartoons was short-lived, only lasting a year from 1933 to 1934. On the most part the Willie Whopper cartoons are not great or cartoon/animated masterpieces and it is sort of understandable as to why Willie didn't make it bigger. However they are far from terrible ones either and do amuse and charm.

1934's 'Insultin the Sultan' is one of the wildest Willie Whopper cartoons. It's still very entertaining though and to me it is one of the better ones. And this is coming from somebody who has only just gotten acquainted with the series as a huge animation fan. Just don't expect a masterpiece or too much.

'Insultin the Sultan' may be on the formulaic side with conflict that is somewhat predictable, it is not hard to figure out at all how it all ends.

Willie himself is slightly bland and a fairly limited character, while still being likeable. The animation sometimes lacks finesse especially in some of the drawings.

However, there is a lot of nice background work, smooth drawing, lively black and white (although it was originally meant to be in colour) and inventive little things. The music is energetic and characterful with appealing orchestration. The cartoon goes at a lively pace, has an appealing charm and the tale is wonderfully outlandish.

There are a lot of very amusing, even hilarious (it is one of the funniest Willie Whopper cartoons), and sweet little laughs which makes it entertaining. Although slightly bland, Willie avoids being annoying and he avoids being sickly sweet as well, fairly likeable. The supporting characters are a lively bunch, especially the sultan.

Overall, wild and entertaining. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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