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Lights Fantastic (1942)

Approved | | Family, Animation, Short | 23 May 1942 (USA)
A tour of the bright lights of New York City, where the various advertising signs come to life.


(as I. Freleng)


(story) (as Sgt. Dave Monahan)

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A tour of the bright lights of New York City, where the various advertising signs come to life.

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The title is a reference to the phrase "Trip the Light Fantastic" See more »


Referenced in Holiday for Shoestrings (1946) See more »


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Music by Harry Warren
Played during the coffee can-can bit
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Really does light up in a fantastic way
19 July 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Not the most original of Fritz Freleng's cartoons, with a concept that later cartoons would explore later and perhaps at times to slightly funnier effect. But that doesn't take away from that Lights Fantastic is thoroughly entertaining and a delight to watch. The animation is lush and fluid, with great care evidently taken with the details and drawing, and the shots of Times Square are positively glitzy. The music is catchy, wonderfully orchestrated and full of energy, it has a remarkable ability to synchronise as well as it does with the action(like the best of WB/Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies) and also to add to it. Lights Fantastic is never less than amusing, at its best it's hilarious and has Freleng's style all over it. The play on words are snappy and smart and the eye test gag is really funny and inspired stuff. The pacing is crisp, never feeling dull, the characters are eccentric and fun and Mel Blanc's vocal characterisations are dead-on, bringing so much life and distinction to each character he played(in Lights Fantastic and every WB/Merrie Melodies/Looney Tunes he did). All in all, not quite classic but lights up in a fantastic way. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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