Meet John Doughboy

Title:Meet John Doughboy
Year: 1941
Length: 7 minutes
Director: Robert Clampett
Writer: Warren Foster
Starring: Mel Blanc
Music: Carl W. Stalling

My reaction
Synopsis: a spoof of WWII newsreels consisting mostly of bad puns and cultural references
How I saw it: on video (Maltese Falcon bonus feature), yesterday
Concept: Bad. Might have been fine in 1941, but in 2010 it hardly even makes sense.
Story: Terrible. No story, just puns.
Characters: Terrible. No characters, just puns.
Dialog: Bad. Did I mention the puns were bad? Because they are horrible. I typically like bad puns, but these are really, really bad puns.
Pacing: Great.
Cinematography: Great.
Special effects/design: Great. It looks like they made this quickly and cheaply, but ironically it couldn’t have looked much better if they’d tried.
Acting: Indifferent. Um… puns.
Music: Great.
Subjective Rating: 4/10 (Eh). It’s like, the narrator will say, “Here’s a spitfire plane,” and then they’ll have a plane spitting fire. That’s not funny.
Objective Rating: 2.2/4 (Okay).


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