The Tortoise and the Hare

The Tortoise and the Hare ★★★

I think we all know the story of Aesop's fable, The Tortoise and the Hare; that of an unequal race between a swift hare [who is presented as arrogant and complacent] and a sedate tortoise [who perseveres and becomes the ''slow and steady'' winner of the race]. It's one of the great moral tales for children, isn't it? Therefore, this winner of the 1934 Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons was too familiar, and it wasn't as funny or enjoyable as, say, Tex Avery's Tortoise Beats Hare, where the titular characters are given more personality [including that of one Bugs Bunny - whose creation, coincidentally, is believed to have originated from the cocky hare in this short]. But if you're a nostalgic fan of these Silly Symphonies cartoons, the animation and music is just as cute and sweet as you would expect.

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