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  • Format: Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Feb. 21 2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B004P9UWL4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,962 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Filled with comedy sketches, musical numbers and plenty of gags, Animal Crackers is often regarded as the Marx Brothers’ most quoted film for its witty and unforgettable dialogue. Groucho stars as Captain Spaulding, a famed African explorer who is being honored at a high society party at the estate of Mrs. Rittenhouse (Margaret Dumont). Mayhem and chaos ensue after a valuable painting disappears and Spaulding, along with the Professor (Harpo), Signore Emanuel Ravelli (Chico) and Horatio (Zeppo) “help” search for it. Highlighted by musical performances including “Hooray for Captain Spaulding” (which would later become the theme song to Groucho’s popular TV series You Bet Your Life), this classic comedy earned a place on the AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes list.

This second Marx Brothers classic has Groucho playing Captain Spaulding (an inside joke pertaining to a renowned Hollywood drug pusher), whose song "Hooray for Captain Spaulding" became his signature anthem. Despite its staginess, it has some hilarious gags as the boys try to solve the mystery of a stolen painting among the high-society crowd. Some of the highlights include Groucho's African lecture about shooting an elephant in his pajamas, and a wacky card game between Harpo, Chico, and the always-gullible Margaret Dumont. The musical interludes here don't seem as awkward as in later films. It's really quite charming watching Chico and Harpo show off their graceful talents. --Bill Desowitz --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: VHS Tape
Groucho Marx in one of the Marx Brothers' Classics, surrounded by the usual cast of High Society play-alongs, delivers what many consider their very best work. The lunacy begins when Groucho arrives back from an African Exploration, just in time to be the guest of honor at a Society Dinner Party. The craziness is fueled by some twists and turns about a valuable painting (which seems to be easily copied onto what appears like a roll of wall paper). The predictable plot keeps rolling along, while Groucho seems to consume 95% of the scipt with one-liners.
In 1930 this may have been a welcome distraction from Depression Era hum-drum life. I tried to find the same amusement a lifetime later, and can't agree with the critics. Aside from a few clever (even risque) jokes, I was missing the rolling-on-the-floor-with-laughter effect. Animal Crackers left me only with luke-warm feelings, while I found the "other" Marx Brothers Classic, "Duck Soup" hilarious. I would rather see "Duck Soup" 5 more times than view "Animal Crackers" ever again. Not a total loss of 1 1/2 time, but don't expect any "mirror scenes", because this one has none!***
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Format: DVD
Wow. There are actually some funny movies out there that DON'T include obscenities, naked people, or jokes about barfing!! This movie is worth buying for that fact alone. Why can't people make movies like this anymore? Why do we have to go back 70 years to find a movie with terrible film editing in order to get the best laughs? Well, it sure is worth it to me.
Anyway, I'll start off with what I didn't like about it, which really wasn't a lot. Mainly just the really bad sound quality, and terrible film editing. Also, the romantic sub-plot and song didn't really do much for me either. But fortunately, the Marx brothers can make up for anything.
This is the only one of their films that I've seen so far that included Zeppo, and I was kind of disappointed, since the only funny thing he said in the whole movie was "How do you spell 'semicolon'?" But the other boys were great. I didn't really care much for the part where Harpo was standing in his underwear shooting a cap gun at people, and I'm probably too young to understand all of Groucho's 'strange interludes', but other than that it was hilarious.
The things that got me laughing the hardest were the bridge game, looking for the 'flash', the expression on Chico's face when he realizes he doesn't remember the finish to his song, Harpo sneakily stealing the money from Roscoe W. Chandler, the whole 'left-handed moth' thing, the negotiation between Groucho & Chico about how much it costs for his band to play (or rather, not play), Chico telling Arabella that he couldn't take out the painting if it's not stealing...I could go on & on, would you like me to go on & on? Ok, I won't. But I'll leave you with the line that got me laughing the hardest, for some strange reason:
Groucho: (I'm paraphrasing here) "We need to find out the motive of the guys who swiped the painting."
Chico: "I got it - robbery!"
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Format: DVD
Some people consider "Animal Crackers" as the best movie in the Marx Brothers filmography. But most of the people, including myself, rather prefer "Duck Soup", however, "Animal Crackers" is one of those movies that will draw a smile in the audiences from beginning to end.
For those who have never seen a Marx Bros. movie, this is a good starting point. In "Animal Crackers" the Marx brothers follow their classic comedic formula which brought them to stardom: the wacky brothers mess with every person around them while they provoke chaos and misunderstandings. Groucho as always, shoots funny and clever sentences so fast that his mouth looks like a machinegun, Harpo without saying a single word provokes rage among men, and fear among women, Chico delivers doses of anarchy and Zeppo tries in vain to calm down his insane brothers.
"Animal Crackers" is a good comedy, and without a doubt the fans of the Marx Brothers will enjoy this movie even more. If you haven't seen a Marx brothers movie, this is a good choice, but the best choice would be "Duck Soup".
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Format: VHS Tape
This, the second film released staring the four Marx Brothers, seems to be much more a star vehicle for Groucho than some of the others. Groucho plays Captain Spaulding, probably his most famous role ("Hooray for Captain Spaulding" eventually became the theme song for his quiz show "You Bet Your Life"), an african explorer who is invited to the home of the wealthy Mrs. Rittenhouse (Margret Dumont) for the unveiling of a famous Beaugard painting. When two different people decide to switch out the original painting for a counterfeit, mayhem breaks loose. This movie contains Groucho's famous African lecture, with the well know and oft-quoted "elephant in my pajamas" line.
Allthough this is Groucho's movie, all the brothers manage to get in their share of the funny. Some highlights include Chico and Groucho's discusion about who stole the painting (by the end of which Chico concludes the painting must have been "eaten by left handed moths"); Chico trying to get Harpo to find a "flash" (flashlight) and Harpo pulls everything from flutes, to fasks, to fish (!) out of his pockets before finding the flash; the card game with Chico, Harpo, and Mrs. Rittenhouse during which the brothers cut for partners and both pick up and Ace of spades (when Mrs. Rittenhouse questions, "Two Aces of spades?", Chico replies, "Sure, hesa got hudreds of 'em"); Chico's Piano solo during which he just can't think of the the finish and Groucho can think of nothing but; Groucho's "strange interlude" and bigamy dialoge; and last but not least Harpo's famous knife dropping gag.
I would recomend this movie to anyone who likes to laugh!
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