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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.

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(as I. Freleng)

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(story) (as Sgt. Dave Monahan)
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Eye Test Announcer / Singing Clown / Bus Driver / Man With Cold (voice) (uncredited)
The Mellomen ...
Vocalists (voice) (uncredited)
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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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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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The title is a reference to the phrase "Trip the Light Fantastic" See more »

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Edited into Rebel Rabbit (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Laugh, Clown, Laugh
(uncredited)
Music by Ted Fio Rito
Lyrics by Sam Lewis and Joe Young
Sung by the clown
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Attractive and occasionally amusing but not fantastic
22 April 2009 | by (Lincoln, England) – See all my reviews

Friz Freleng's 'Lights Fantastic' is one of the more unusual cartoons in the things-coming-to-life subgenre. Set in Times Square, 'Lights Fantastic' turns the neon advertising billboards into a series of spot-gags, some funnier than others. As is usually the case with such cartoons, many of the gags are dated and beyond the comprehension of modern audiences when once they would have brought the house down. This was often compensated for by the development of some sort of plot but 'Lights Fantastic' sticks to spot gags all the way through, simply ending when it runs out of time. The animation is certainly attractive and there are a few bits that still raise a chuckle (the eye test skit is particularly amusing) but overall 'Lights Fantastic' is little more than an interesting product of its time. While it's never boring, neither does it ever really light up or come to life!


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